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Albuquerque to give 3,000 free bus passes to youth

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Albuquerque’s Youth Connect Bus Pass Program is back this year with double the amount of passes, and expanded age requirements, according to a spokeswoman with the mayor’s office.

The city will be providing 3,000 free bus passes to people between the ages of nine and 25, Jessie Damazyn said in a news release. Last year the city provided 1,500 passes.

The passes allow pass holders to ride any ABQ Ride route for free for 100 days, and passes will be available at every community center in Albuquerque and at several partner organizations, Damazyn said. Forms for the passes can be filled out electronically or in person.

“We want to ensure that something like transportation won’t break a family’s involvement in sports, hobbies, learning, a meal, or a summer jobs,” Mayor Tim Keller said in a news release. “Things like a bus pass are the simplest solution to keep the next generation of Burqueños on the right path. Bus passes will help ensure our summer programs and resources are now more accessible to families from all walks of life.”

Passes are available until June 22. For more information visit www.cabq.gov/summer/summer-youth-bus-pass.

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