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Zero Fare Transit Approved in Kansas City, Missouri

While the details of funding are undetermined, Kansas City, Missouri took a monumental step in the history of U.S. public transit yesterday.
December 6, 2019, 9am PST | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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The Kansas City Streetcar was already free to ride; soon buses will be too.
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"The Kansas City, Missouri, City Council on Thursday unanimously approved to a resolution that may eliminate public bus fares, positioning the city to become the first major metropolitan area with free public bus service," reports Nick Starling.

The Zero Fare Transit program, as the city is calling it, will require "the City Manager to include a funding request in the next fiscal year budget to make fixed route public transportation fare free within the City," according to the text of the resolution approved yesterday. Where the money for the program comes from remains an open question.

Both Kansas City Mayor Quintron Lucas and the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority voiced its support for Zero Fare Transit on Twitter.

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Published on Thursday, December 5, 2019 in KSHB
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