ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The City of Albuquerque is a step closer to redesigning its bus routes. The Transit and Finances Department is requesting proposals to hire a company to examine and possibly update the existing ABQ Ride routes.

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The city council approved a free bus fare pilot program earlier this year as a way to boost ridership but riders say the city needs to make buses more accessible by changing run times. If a contract is awarded, it would be for around $575,000.