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Posted on: March 29, 2021

Rio Metro ACCESS to Offer Free Transportation Options

(Albuquerque, NM – March 29, 2021) – Beginning Monday, April 5th, Rio Metro Regional Transit District is introducing a new program called Rio Metro ACCESS, which provides free transportation options for New Mexico residents who are receiving employment, housing, personal stability assistance, and other activities to improve their lives.

“Transportation is a key service in people’s lives, and when not available, it is often the issue keeping people from obtaining employment or accessing medical services,” says Rio Metro Executive Director Dewey V. Cave. “Rio Metro ACCESS is one way that we can help offer reliable transportation to those who need it.”

Rio Metro ACCESS is part of Rio Metro’s Social Service Fare Program. Its purpose is to provide free transportation options for New Mexico residents living in households with income at or below 150 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.

Through a grant from the New Mexico Department of Transportation, Rio Metro ACCESS can issue free train and bus passes to social services agencies so that they can distribute free passes to their qualifying clients.

“We are slowly coming out of what has been a very challenging year for many due to the pandemic,” said Terry Doyle, Director of Rio Metro Regional Transit. “Our hope is that these free passes will help ease the transportation burden on those in central New Mexico.”

Rio Metro runs the Rail Runner trains between Santa Fe and Belen, as well as fixed-route and demand-response bus services in Sandoval and Valencia counties.

Rio Metro LogoAgencies that would like to learn more about becoming a Rio Metro ACCESS pass distributor must submit a completed application and agreement form to cpmerlo@mrcog-nm.gov. For more details on Rio Metro ACCESS and to view the list of participating agencies that are currently distributing passes, visit www.riometro.org/ACCESSProgram.

Rio Metro Customer Service representatives are available at 866-795-7245 and 505-245-RAIL (7245) from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Contact: Augusta Meyers, MRCOG Communications Mgr. (505) 239-8612, ameyers@mrcog-nm.gov

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