In addition to its regular 150 Chimayo Route bus, the North Central Regional Transit District (RTD “Blue Bus”) will be adding an additional bus along its Española to Chimayo route to accommodate people making the annual pilgrimage to El Santuario de Chimayo on Good Friday, April 19.
Two ADA accessible buses will run on a continuous loop throughout the day from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (the first bus begins at 8:00 AM and the second at 9:00 AM) departing from the Española Transit Center on Paseo de Oñate across from Cook’s Hardware. The route then traverses NM Highway 76 with multiple designated RTD bus stops in each direction along the way. The route concludes at the Benny Chavez Center located at the County Road 98 (Juan Medina Rd.) turnoff from NM 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 is also important to note that drivers are not allowed to pick up passengers along the route except at posted RTD bus stops.
Though the Blue Bus Tracker at RidetheBlueBus.com, or the MyStop app you can track where the bus is in real-time in relation to where you are along the route.