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Hazel Lathrop will speak about bus tokens and the history of that mode of travel. Bus and subway fare tokens were a fact of life for many commuters in cities large and small across the country. Fare tokens were a convenience for frequent riders and provided savings over cash fares. Introduced by 1930 they were still in use in the 1970’s. Shortly after the railroad arrived in Albuquerque in 1885, it became clear that people would need transportation from the depot to their destination. From the mule drawn wagons of 1880 to electrically moved trolleys on rails in 1904 the need to provided public transportation grew as the city grew.

Find out more about fare tokens, how the Albuquerque Bus Company grew, who and how fare tokens were made and changing fare structures.

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