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Take ABQ RIDE To The Fireworks Display And Avoid Traffic

Take ABQ RIDE To The Fireworks Display And Avoid Traffic

Park And Ride Service At Cottonwood Mall And Coronado Center

Leave your car behind along with the hassles of parking when you go to this year’s Freedom Fourth celebration. Just take ABQ RIDE to the City of Albuquerque’s annual summer event on July 4.

Two Park and Ride locations will provide bus service that day to and from the celebration. On the Westside, the parking area is at Cottonwood Mall, just off 7 Bar Loop Rd NW. This is the parking area on the north side of the mall, between Old Navy and Regal Cinemas Cottonwood 16. The traditional Eastside parking location will continue at Coronado Center (west of Dick’s Sporting Goods on San Pedro, south of Menaul).

Bus service to Freedom Fourth will start at 3 p.m. and end at 8 p.m. Return trips to the two Park and Ride locations at Coronado Center and Cottonwood Mall will begin immediately after the conclusion of the fireworks show, with the last bus leaving Balloon Fiesta Park at 11 p.m.

Round-trip cost for riding the bus is $1 for adults, 35 cents for citizens 62 years and older and disabled and students ages 10-18 (cash only). Children 9 and under ride free. Exact change is needed and bus passes will not be honored for this event.

The following is allowed at Balloon Fiesta Park and on the Park and Ride buses: sealed plastic containers, blankets, strollers, umbrellas, picnic food and small compact chairs. Coolers and picnic baskets are subject to search prior to loading onto the Park and Ride buses.

The following will not be allowed at Balloon Fiesta Park or on the Park and Ride buses: pets, alcoholic beverages, glass containers, weapons, fireworks, and open containers. You also cannot bring BBQ grills, camp stoves or other cooking devices or pop-up tents.

In observance of Independence Day, there will be no ABQ RIDE fixed route bus service or Sun Van service. That includes no Commuter Service and Rail Runner Express Bus service (the New Mexico Rail Runner Express will run a Sunday schedule that day). Regularly scheduled services will resume on Wednesday.

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Dennis Domrzalski is managing editor of ABQ Free Press. Reach him at dennis@freeabq.com.

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