Tuesday, May 17, 2005

The Biggest Bargain in Town


NOB HILL--Probably the biggest bargain in Albuquerque is the bus system. Regular fare is only one dollar. (Age 62 and over only pay 35 cents). Make sure you get a transfer. This entitles the rider to ride the bus system anywhere in town, in any direction, getting on and off anywhere for about 3 hours. I went downtown, ate lunch, visited the art gallery, and back to Nob Hill on the same ticket. I don't think you can beat it.

The RapidRide buses are really clean. They sometimes have security patrols on board. And there are only 2 stops between Nob Hill and Downtown, so they are as fast as driving (faster if you have nowhere to park).

There are a thousand reasons to NOT ride the bus. But try it once. And tell your tourist friends the Rapid Ride is absolutely the best way to tour Route 66 end to end in Albuquerque. It even runs at night, if neon is important to you. And the total cost: $1.

3 comments:

Samir said...

I thought the bus system made an awesome decision when they changed how they handle transfers. Remember when you could only use it once, and you couldn't use it on the same route (they actually stamped a hole on the route number you were on)? How lame was that?

johnny_mango said...

You're right Samir. But I missed that change and have been laboring under the old set of rules. How long ago did this change come about? It makes all the difference in the world.

Samir said...

I rode the bus a lot in the late '90s but have been a car driving schmuck since. There just isn't a good route from where I live (Uptown, near the malls) to where I work (Downtown).

With my rambling now complete, I'm going to guess 2001 was when it changed...