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


VA Issued
VIC Card


State MVD Issued
Drivers License wirth Veterans Designation


Department of Defense Issued
Retired or Dependant


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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