The North Central Regional Transit District is adding additional buses along its Española to Chimayo route to accommodate people making the annual pilgrimage to El Santuario de Chimayo on Good Friday, April 18.
Two ADA accessible buses will run on a continuous loop 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., throughout the day (the first bus begins at 8 a.m. and the second at 8:30 a.m.) departing from the RTD stop on the north side of the Big Rock Phillips 66 Station in front of the Santa Claran Hotel.
The route will traverse N.M. 76 with multiple stops in each direction along the way. The route concludes at the Benny Chavez Center at the County Road 98 (Juan Medina Road) turnoff from N.M. 76, as it will be prevented from making its normally scheduled stop in the Santuario parking lot. It then makes its way back to Española along the same route.
Delays will be unavoidable due to the heavy pedestrian traffic along the route. Regular passengers of that route need to be aware that buses will not be at the designated scheduled stops at their normally posted time. It also is important to note that drivers are not allowed to pick up passengers along the route except at posted stops.
Delays also are to be expected along the early morning 7 a.m. Las Trampas to Chimayo route, which continues on N.M. 76 through to Española.
The North Central Regional Transit District provides free bus service connecting communities and pueblos throughout the counties of north central New Mexico including Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Taos. The company’s signature RTD Blue Buses provide additional connections to New Mexico Rail Runner, Santa Fe Trails, New Mexico Park and Ride, Los Alamos Atomic City Transit, Taos Chile Line and Red River Miner’s Transit. All of its buses are equipped with bike racks and are ADA accessible. For route and schedule information, log onto www.ridethebluebus.comor call toll free 1.866.206.0754.