Freedom to Ride

All active duty military, veterans and anyone with a federally issued veteran or military photo ID can ride the New Mexico Rail Runner Express and Rio Metro buses for free*. 

Accepted IDs Include:

  • VA Medical Card (VHIC)
  • Veteran’s ID (VIC)
  • Driver’s License with a Veteran’s Designation
  • Department of Defense Active Duty and Dependent Military IDs
  • Rail Runner Freedom Pass

*Must show a valid ID to ride free.

Examples of Accepted Photo IDs:


VA Issued
VHIC Health Card

VIC Card

VA Issued
VIC Card

Drivers License

State MVD Issued
Drivers License wirth Veterans Designation

Department of Defense Retired Card

Department of Defense Issued
Retired or Dependant

Common Access Active Duty Card

Department of Defense Issued

Active Duty - Uniformed Services

Examples of  IDs NOT Accepted  as Military/Veteran:

  • DD214
  • VA First Choice
  • Non-Photo ID of any kind
  • Photo IDs not listed above
  • Medicare Card


For questions about this program, please contact Rio Metro Customer Service.

Phone: 1-866-795-RAIL (7245)

Monday-Friday: 5:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m
Saturday-Sunday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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