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June 18, 2015
ABQ RIDE Helps You “Dump the Pump” with App’s Latest Features
Celebrating National Dump the Pump Day with App’s new City Bike Map, as well as Metro Savings Calculator
ALBUQUERQUE – If you want to quickly find Albuquerque’s bike trails as you bike your way around the city, help is now just a smartphone app away. The ABQ RIDE app now features Albuquerque’s nearly 400 miles of bike trails, along with their proximity to ABQ RIDE stops. It’s just the newest of the app’s many features.
Just press on the “Live Tracking” feature of the app, then press on the bicycle icon.in the upper right hand corner. It will display the bike trails for the route requested. Both iPhone and Android users can use all these features to help them Dump the Pump on June 18, National Dump the Pump Day.
“The app’s new bike map feature makes it easier than ever before to bike and bus your way around Albuquerque for either work or pleasure,” said Mayor Richard J. Berry. “For this special Day and every day, we urge our customers with smartphones to download ABQ RIDE’s app and realize savings in different ways.”
Another way the app can help you Dump the Pump is to use the app’s Metro Savings Calculator feature. You can find it in the app by going to “Fares” and pressing on the feature labeled “What’s It Cost to Drive?” (You can also find the calculator on ABQ RIDE’s website on the left side of the webpage, or just go to http://www.cabq.gov/transit/metro-savings-calculator). Users input a few numbers such as mileage to and from work, the cost of a gallon of gas, monthly cost for parking, car payment, etc. and get a figure for potential savings over a year’s time
The ABQ RIDE app made its debut in June, 2012, when City of Albuquerque data sets were made available to the public by Mayor Berry’s Open Data Initiative; a program which encouraged the development of apps and services for public use. Since then, the app has been downloaded over 32-thousand times (as of May 31). It provides not only real time information about where buses are located, but other information such as bus and Rail Runner schedules and fares along with the aforementioned bicycle maps and savings calculator.
To get a free download of the ABQ RIDE App for your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or Android phone, go to http://www.myabqride.com and click on “Transit Mobile Apps” on the front page.
National Dump the Pump Day is organized by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). Communities all over the country, including Albuquerque are participating in the effort to demonstrate how public transit is the quickest way to beat rising gas prices. According to APTA, we typically spend one dollar out of every five dollars we earn on transportation; that after housing, fueling a car and maintaining it is likely our biggest expense.
“APTA’s statistics show that a two-person household can save an average of more than $10,000 a year by downsizing to one car and using public transportation,” said Bruce Rizzieri, Director of ABQ RIDE.
ABQ RIDE is Albuquerque‘s principal form of public transportation. It boards 13 million passengers a year and logs a daily average of 160-Thousand Passenger Miles on its buses.
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