City council calls for closer look at security issues of free bus fare proposal

Politics - Government

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Albuquerque City Councilors once again put off a decision about whether to do away with bus fare in Albuquerque. The city already set aside $3 million to cover the costs of a pilot program that would allow anyone to ride city buses for free.

Wednesday night, councilors pushed for more time to address concerns about homeless people and others who might camp on buses as well as a possible increase in crime. Even the proposal’s sponsor said more work needs to be done before it can move forward.

“I really want to hear a robust security plan, for the entire system, but especially on the most traveled routes, by the most traveled in need,” said City Councilor Isaac Benton.

Councilors plan to revisit the question at the next meeting.

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