Watch: Young men of color build outdoor connections through "Together for Brothers"

Public bus on road in Albuquerque NM

Albuquerque public bus, offering free transit in 2022 as part of the Zero Fares Pilot Program

Mason Cummings

Albuquerque's park and transit equity programs get a boost from Zero Fares Pilot Program

Millions of people across the U.S. – including an estimated 28 million children – face barriers to getting out into nature. A lack of nearby parks, combined with limited transit options and economic barriers, can make it particularly hard for low-income families and communities of color to enjoy parks and public lands. Too often, neighborhoods are cut off from the proven health benefits of gathering with friends and family, relaxing, exercising or simply spending time outside. 

In Albuquerque, The Wilderness Society’s Urban to Wild program is working with Together for Brothers and Vision Zero to help residents access the abundance of open spaces within the city’s limits. These efforts have just received a significant boost through the city’s Zero Fares Pilot Program, which offers free public transit through 2022.

Check out the new series of videos below, created by Together for Brothers, Vision Zero and TWS's Urban to Wild program, that highlight the value of existing transit options – now free for all riders – to Albuquerque’s rich variety of natural spaces.

For video translations in Chinese, Persian (Dari), Spanish, Swahili and Vietnamese, select the video settings icon and turn on your preferred subtitle option. Thank you to the City of Albuquerque's Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs for video translations. 

Part 1: Using public transit to access nature in Albuquerque
Part 2: Accessing the Copper Trailhead with Together for Brothers