Albuquerque City Council looking at expanding pet policy on buses

Pilot project would run from July to December, allow companion cats and dogs on city buses

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A resolution set to be heard by an Albuquerque City Council committee Monday night would establish a pilot project to allow companion animals on public transit.

The proposal, introduced by councilor Trudy Jones, would allow riders to bring one cat or one dog with them on the bus anytime other than weekday rush hours. A cat would have to be in a crate. A dog could either be in a crate or muzzled and leashed.

Currently, only service animals are allowed.

One of the reasons for the policy is to allow poor residents an easier way to get their dogs or cats to vet appointments.

“We absolutely support the proposal before the committee,” said Rick De Reyes with ABQ RIDE. “It’s something we could absolutely work with.”

De Reyes said a benefit of the proposal is it would establish clear rules that drivers could enforce and riders would have to abide by.

Michael Madruga, who says he uses ABQ RIDE every day, was skeptical of the proposed changes.

“I haven’t seen an incident yet but you open up the gates like that and something’s going to happen,” Madruga said.

If approved, the pilot project would begin in July and end at the end of the year. After that, city leadership could look at an extension.

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