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If you're only visiting for a couple of days and not planning to explore beyond Old Town, Downtown, Nob Hill, and Uptown, the city's public bus system is a practical if somewhat slow-going option. The ABQ Rapid Ride Red Line service plies the Central Avenue corridor and runs until about 9 pm Monday through Saturday and until 6 pm Sunday. The service is extended until about 2:30 am on Friday and Saturday nights June through September. Rapid Ride also has a Blue Line that runs from UNM to the West Side, and a Green Line that can get you from Downtown into Northeast Heights. You can obtain a customized trip plan at the city's public bus service, ABQ Ride.
The Alvarado Transportation Center Downtown is Rapid Ride's central hub and offers direct connections to the NM Rail Runner train service north to Santa Fe (via Bernalillo) and to the South Valley suburbs. Buses accept bicycles, although space is limited. Service is free on the Downtown Circulator shuttle route (available only on weekdays), or if you are transferring (to any route) from the Rail Runner; otherwise, the fare is $1 (bills or coins, exact change only; 25¢ transfers may be requested on boarding). Bus stops are well marked.
ABQ Ride (505/243–7433. www.cabq.gov/transit.)
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