Taking ABQ RIDE to work, school or entertainment is now easier than ever before. A number of smartphone applications are available to help you easily locate your bus or plan your ride.
Since June 2012, a number of free and for-a-price applications using City of Albuquerque & ABQ RIDE data have popped up for iPhone, Android and Windows smartphone users. The City of Albuquerque data sets were made available by Mayor Richard J. Berry's Open Data Initiative, which encouraged the development of apps and services for public use.
ABQ RIDE App
The most downloaded app is the ABQ RIDE App, currently available for free to iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users. It primarily tells where your bus is within about 30 second's accuracy. It also features bus schedules, fares, ABQ RIDE's website, related websites such as the N.M. Rail Runner and any special alerts regarding Transit. A version for Androids and other smartphones could be available by the end of 2013.
To get a free download of the ABQ RIDE App for your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, go to the Apple App store, search for ABQ RIDE, and when the app appears, hit the Install button. Or you can use your QR Code reader to scan this QR Code to go directly to the site.
Other ABQ RIDE-related apps include:
Where's My Bus Mobile Website
UNM has also developed a website and mobile website for smartphones that tracks ABQ RIDE buses within 30 second's time. It's called Where's My Bus? The website is available at wmb.unm.edu or at wmb.unm.edu/m/ for smartphone users (however, since it is constantly refreshing itself, it may require more data than available on a phone's data plan).
I've been using the ABQ Ride app since it came out last year. It's terrifically helpful being able to glance at schedules and get real-time bus locations. Really a top-notch piece of software. Many thanks to ABQ Ride and Appliciti for putting it together.
Thank YOU for riding with us and using our app, Benny!
Any word on whether the app is being developed for Android as well?
The development for our Android app is underway! It will be available by the end of the year.
Earlier this week, somebody (probably this poster) put up an article about using text messaging to see when the next bus is arriving. I tried out the service, and, for the limited amount of bus stops with numbers, it worked pretty well, and is probably easier/quicker to use than an app. Aside from iPhone users who just need something to do while waiting for the bus to arrive, the texting service is more in tune with the general population who actually use the bus - the people who can't afford a data plan.
Hi Shotsie! Yes, it was us who posted the article about our new TXT2RIDE service. We developed the service with those who may not have a smarthphone in mind. You're right, it is often quicker than going through the app. Thank you for using our services!