Ballot: Ought to Albuquerque Provide Free Metropolis Bus Fares?

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – You won’t need money to drive an Albuquerque city bus until October 2021, when the city changes the resolution as the budget approves funding of free fares on all buses and Sun Vans. Mayor Keller signed the fiscal 2022 operating budget of $ 1.2 billion on June 1.

The budget for the transit department operational fund is $ 49 million, an increase of $ 1.7 million or a 3.5% increase over the budget for fiscal year 2021.

The budget has also raised funds to support free city bus fares.
Currently, the city allows the University of New Mexico and CNM students, staff, and faculties to ride buses for free with a valid ID sticker. Children up to nine years of age accompanied by an adult with a valid tariff as well as persons aged 60 and over and students aged 10 to 25 are also free of charge.

The city was originally working on a proposal for a free bus fare in 2020.

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