Transit Fares

A proposal for a radical reinvention of the fare structure for the country's transit systems—one that balances the cost of transit with that of driving, generates more revenue from fares, and enables more capital investments.
Jul 15, 2014   CityLab
The largest free mass transit area in the U.S. is changing its rules next year, when it will start charging people to ride the bus.
Aug 14, 2009   The Oregonian
A debate over the MBTA fare hike will begin soon in earnest, focusing on whether the MBTA needs money.
Jun 16, 2009   The Boston Globe
Transit agencies spend a lot of money to make money. In many cases, the amount spent equals or even surpasses the amount they bring in from fares. So why charge them at all? Dave Olsen takes a look at Fare-Free transit, what's holding it back, and how to make it a reality. Exclusive
Feb 23, 2009  By Dave Olsen
Ridership is up on transit in the Twin Cities. Fewer cars are being sold, and tax revenues are down. With little funding expected to fill the gap, transit fare increases may be on the horizon.
Feb 5, 2009   Minneapolis-St.Paul Star Tribune
The MTA rescue plan, with its new East & Harlem River bridge tolls and first-ever, 12-county transit payroll tax cleared a major political hurdle by winning the crucial support of NY Gov' Paterson. Winning support from mayor, outer boroughs remains.
Dec 9, 2008   The New York Times
A rescue package for New York’s debt-ridden M.T.A. includes two new revenue generators: first-ever tolls for the East and Harlem River bridges, and a 12-county, corporate payroll tax, to supplement fare and toll increases and transit service cuts.
Dec 4, 2008   The New York Times