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New Mexico State Fair Public Transportation

Take the Bus to the Fair


Public transportation can be a great way to get to the New Mexico State Fair. There are regular bus lines that pass by the Fairgrounds, and if you live near a bus line, you can just hop on the bus, or drive to a Park and Ride transit center and ride to the fair.

You can use ABQ RIDE regular service from any of the city's four Park and Ride facilities. ABQ RIDE will have a free shuttle from noon to 11:30 p.m. on the fair's two weekends. The exception to this will be on Saturday, September 14, when the shuttle will not run until 2 p.m. because of the State Fair parade. The shuttle will pick up inside Gate 9 at the Downs Casino gate and shuttle to the admission booths inside the fairgrounds.

  • September 13, 14 (see exception, above) and 15
  • September 20, 21 and 22

Park and Ride
You can leave your vehicle at a dedicated Park and Ride location and take a bus to the State Fair. Parking at the lots is free and they are patrolled by security officers. The recommended location for fairgoers is the one closest to the Fair, the Uptown Transit center, located south of Coronado Center. The centers are:

  • Central & Unser Transit Center
  • Uptown Transit Center
  • Montgomery & Tramway
  • Northwest Transit Center
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, ABQ Ride will provide transit riders with a shuttle that delivers them inside the fairgrounds.

From its Park and Ride transit centers, transit riders can take five bus routes, to include two Rapid Ride routes and the Route #66 line. These five routes will deliver riders to the lot at Central and Louisiana, where they can take the shuttle in to the fair.

Park at one of the following transit centers and take one of the bus lines. Regular bus fares apply; children under 10 ride free. Fares are $1 for adults, each way; seniors 62+ and mobility-impaired students (10 - 18), .35 cents each way; accompanied children under 10 ride free.

Transit Centers
Times are FINAL departure times to the transit facilities:

  • Uptown, Uptown and America's Parkway; final departure time from Louisiana/Central
    Northbound Rte. 157-Louisiana/Montaño/Uptown —Weekdays -11 p.m.; Saturday-11:40 p.m.; Sunday-10:15 p.m.
    Northbound Rte. 766-Rapid/Red Line —Weekdays -9:35 p.m.; Saturday-9:05 p.m.; Sunday-6:40 p.m.

  • Tramway and Wenonah
    Eastbound Rte. 66 —Monday-Thursday-12:25 a.m.; Friday & Saturday-1:20 a.m.; Sunday-12"05 a.m.
    Eastbound Rte. 777 Rapid Ride/Green Line —Weekdays-9:25 p.m.; Saturday-9:20 p.m.; Sunday-6:20 p.m.

  • Central and Unser
    Westbound Rte. 66 —Monday-Thursday- Midnight; Friday-1 a.m.; Saturday-12:45 a.m.; Sunday-11:50 p.m.
    Westbound Rte. 766-Rapid Ride/Red Line —Weekdays-9 p.m.; Saturday-8:45 p.m.; Sunday-6 p.m.

  • Northwest Transit Center, Ellison and Coors Bypass (near Cottonwood Mall)
    Northbound Rte. 157- Montaño/Uptown —Weekdays-11 p.m.; Saturday-11:40 p.m.; Sunday-10:15 p.m.

    Planning Your Ride
    If you’ve never ridden the bus before and are unsure of where to board and what line to take, use the City of Albuquerque’s Trip Planning Service. Simply enter your address and destination and the guide will help you figure out what bus routes to take. Or park at one of the transit centers and take the noted rides.

    Several bus stops along Louisiana and Lomas will be closed through the Fair:

    • From September 11 - 22, for Route #157, all southbound stops on Louisiana from Lomas to Central will be closed, except for the near-side stop at Louisiana and Central
    • For Route #11, all eastbound stops between San Pedro and Louisiana will be closed.
    • On weekends, from 3 p.m. September 13 through 4 p.m. September 15, and from 3 p.m. September 20 through 4 p.m. September 22, all southbound stops along Louisiana from Constitution to Lomas will be closed for Routes #157 and #766 Rapid Ride/Red Line. Both lines will stop at Lomas and Constitution.

    Parking is free. General parking is available at Gate 1, just west of Louisiana on Central, and Gate 8, just south of Lomas on Louisiana. Handicap parking is available at both general lots. Only right turns can be made to enter the fair.

    For bus schedule information, call 243-RIDE (7433) or see the schedule online.

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