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Posted on: April 5, 2021

New Program Offers Free Transit Options

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The Rio Metro Regional Transit District has launched 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% 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.”

Agencies 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 Rio Metro ACCESS program page.

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