Fare-Free Transit

Seattle buses in line at a depot with Seattle skyline in background

Seattle Brings Free Transit to Public Housing

Linking transit programs to housing can lower administrative costs and streamline the process for riders.

January 31, 2023 - Route Fifty

two riders wearing masks during the covid-19 pandemic exit a blue city bus in the Bronx in New York City.

Can New York Legislators Make Buses Free While Improving Service?

A pair of state legislators hope to make buses free while improving service levels on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) bus system in New York City. The effort will require a new level of political will for transit.

December 19, 2022 - AMNY

Kansas City Bus

Free Transit, But at What Cost?

Opinion: The movement toward fare-free transit might have more to do with optics and politics than planning.

December 14, 2022 - James Brasuell

Blue CT Transit bus in Hartford, Connecticut with state capitol building in background

Connecticut Extends Free Bus Fares

Local leaders applaud the move, but are calling on the state to keep fares free permanently.

December 5, 2022 - Mass Transit

Metro Bus

Free Rides, Overnight Service Considered for Metro Transit in D.C.

Washington, D.C. councilmembers are making a bold commitment to public transit.

December 2, 2022 - The Washington Post

Bus stop in Boulder, Colorado with snowy tree and snowy mountains in background

Colorado Free Transit Program Boosted Ridership

Many local transit agencies that took advantage of a state program that funded free fares throughout August have seen increased ridership even beyond the program’s end.

December 1, 2022 - The Colorado Sun

Kansas City electric streetcar

The Limits of Kansas City’s Fare-Free Experiment

For the Missouri city, the economic and social benefits of eliminating transit fares outweigh the costs, but can their success be replicated in bigger cities more dependent on farebox revenue?

December 1, 2022 - Governing

Cincinnati Multi-Modalism

Cincinnati Streetcar Sets Monthly Ridership Record

The Cincinnati Streetcar, now known as the Cincinnati Connector, has come so far.

November 13, 2022 - Cincinnati Enquirer

Cashless fare validator on bus with blue seat upholstery

Study: In Lieu of Free Fares, Transit Needs a Cash Option

Many of the riders who rely on public transit the most are also least likely to be able to use cashless fare systems.

October 5, 2022 - Newswise

Sound Transit Seattle

Free Transit Starts September 1 for Seattle Youth

Sound Transit is launching a fare-free program for young riders in the hopes of educating and recruiting future riders and making schools and jobs more accessible to transit-dependent youth.

August 12, 2022 - Smart Cities Dive

MARTA Station

Atlanta Transit Could Go Fare-Free

The city has tasked the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority with evaluating the feasibility of eliminating transit fares.

August 5, 2022 - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Red Albuquerque bus with man boarding

The State of America’s Free Transit Programs

Dozens of cities made public transit free during the pandemic. Can transit agencies sustain these programs?

July 25, 2022 - Diana Ionescu

Blue Boulder bus with people boarding

Boulder Launches ‘Zero Fare for Better Air’

The Colorado city will make public transit free during the month of August to boost ridership and reduce emissions.

July 25, 2022 - City of Boulder

Entrance to Ronstadt Transit Center, Tucson, Arizona

Tucson Extends Free Transit To End of Year

After eliminating transit fares in 2020, the city of Tucson is exploring ways to fund a permanent program.

June 22, 2022 - Tucson.com

Farebox

Transit Agencies Adjusting to New Realities

As transit ridership remains tepid around the country, transit agencies are looking to diversify their funding sources and become less reliant on farebox revenue.

June 21, 2022 - Bloomberg

Riders waiting at bus stop in Alexandria, Virginia

The Success Story of Alexandria’s Free Buses

Thanks to state and regional funding, the city eliminated fares while making service improvements.

June 7, 2022 - Governing

Washington D.C.

Fare-Free Transit Hasn’t Reduced Car Trips, Data Says

Fare-free transit isn’t the climate change benefit that many have hoped, according to recent writing by David Zipper for Bloomberg.

May 16, 2022 - Bloomberg

San Diego Metropolitan Transit System

Free Transit for San Diego Youth

The Youth Opportunity Pass program provides free transit to San Diego County youth in an effort to boost ridership and improve transportation options for young residents.

April 20, 2022 - ABC 10 News San Diego

Denver Regional Transit

Colorado Proposal Would Fund Free Summer Transit

The state is weighing a plan to offer free transit rides during ozone-heavy months in an effort to improve the state's air quality.

March 30, 2022 - Colorado Public Radio

ADA Access to Mobility

Gas Too Expensive? Cincinnati Metro Has You Covered With Free Rides

Cincinnati residents and visitors will have access to free transit for a week as the agency aims to boost ridership.

March 22, 2022 - WCPO

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