Transit Fares

"Welcome to New Mexico - Land of Enchantment"  roadside sign with red text onyellow background and rustic wood frame around sign.

New Mexico Could Become First State With Free Public Transit

With less than a dozen transit agencies statewide, advocates say New Mexico could effectively make all of its transit free with enough legislative support.

November 22, 2023 - Streetblog USA

A white and blue Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) train with golden hills and a palm tree in background.

California Transit Agencies Have $5 Billion in ‘Bridge Funding’

The allocation from the state legislature is aimed at assisting transit agencies as they work to move away from an overreliance on fare revenue.

November 6, 2023 - CALmatters

Sound Transit

Sound Transit to Start Enforcing Fare Violations This Month

After two warnings, riders who fail to show proof of payment can be issued fines.

November 5, 2023 - Mass Transit

Blue Miami-Dade transit trolleybus.

Miami-Dade County Suspends Transit Fares for Rest of 2023

Starting November 13, bus and rail rides will be free as the county rolls out its ‘Better Bus’ system redesign.

October 25, 2023 - MSN

Transit fare purchase box at above-ground transit station in Santa Clara, California.

Opinion: Fare Evasion Punished Disproportionately in California

A bill currently on Governor Newsom’s desk would replace punitive measures with more equitable and compassionate approaches to fare enforcement.

October 2, 2023 - Streetsblog California

Silver turnstiles at a subterranean subway station

Opinion: Fare Evasion Is a Red Herring

The loss of revenue from fare evasion is a drop in the bucket compared to the fiscal cliff facing major U.S. transit agencies.

September 13, 2023 - Streetsblog USA

White and green Rhode Island Public Transit Agency bus

Rhode Island Ends Free Transit Program

The state’s public transit agency cited cost overruns and a looming ‘fiscal cliff.’

August 14, 2023 - The Center Square

Close-up of woman holding up smartphone up to contactless public transit payment kiosk

The Benefits of Contactless Transit Payments

New tech can streamline boarding and make fare capping easier, but can risk creating new challenges for low-income riders.

August 8, 2023 - American Banker

Hand holding up a TAP transit fare card to fare collection turnstile

L.A. Metro Introduces Fare Capping Tech

Los Angeles transit riders who pay as they go will have their fare capped at $5 per day or $18 per week.

July 26, 2023 - Business Wire

Orange Los Angeles Metro bus on city street

L.A. Metro Launches Fare Capping Program

Transit fares will be capped at $5 per day for all riders who pay with TAP cards, whether or not they have weekly or monthly passes.

June 28, 2023 - Governing

A platform of the Berlin East Railway station with a waiting traveler and a tram on June 17, 2014 in Berlin

Germany Launches €49 Nationwide Transit Pass

The low-cost monthly ticket is a boon for some commuters and urban travelers, but critics of the program question the lack of investment in expanding train service to underserved rural parts of the country.

May 4, 2023 - Bloomberg CityLab

CTtransit bus driving through snowy street in Norwalk, Connecticut

Connecticut’s Ends Fare-Free Pilot

State officials say federal requirements forced the end of a twelve-month pilot program, and that the state doesn’t have the funding to continue providing free fares with the end of federal assistance.

April 20, 2023 - Connecticut Public Radio

White public bus on street in Baltimore, Maryland with brick buildings in background

Maryland Assembly Passes ‘Fair Fares Act’

If signed by the governor, the act will halt a scheduled fare increase previously tied to inflation.

April 19, 2023 - Greater Greater Washington

RTD train Denver

Denver Transit Proposal Could Lower Fares, Make Transit Free for Youth

The agency released a draft plan to eliminate regional zones, make airport trips more affordable, and reduce fares systemwide.

February 16, 2023 - The Denver Post

Washington, D.C.

Washington Metro Draft Budget Includes Improved Frequency, Higher Fares

The D.C. transit agency plans to increase service in the hopes of boosting lagging ridership and avoiding layoffs and service disruptions.

December 8, 2022 - The Washington Post

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

A crowd of people cross the street with a sign for the entrance of Disneyland in the background

Disneyland Is Too Crowded. Is More Capacity Needed?

Disneyland has a plan to create more supply to meet contemporary demand, a strategy reminiscent of contemporary debates surrounding housing and transportation.

September 29, 2022 - James Brasuell

Metro Bus

D.C. Could Give Residents $100 Transit Subsidy

A proposed bill would distribute $100 in transit fare to District residents and provide $10 million to improving bus and streetcar services in underserved neighborhoods.

September 28, 2022 - Greater Greater Washington

BART Train

California Bill Would Mandate Seamless Transit

With 27 transit agencies, traveling across the Bay Area can be a daunting task. Advocates for 'seamless transit' want to change that.

March 31, 2022 - TransitCenter

Manhattan Bus

Fair Fares Program Criticized for Eligibility Threshold

Critics of the city's transit assistance program say limiting eligibility to people living at or below the federal poverty line excludes many low-income New Yorkers who depend on public transit.

February 24, 2022 - NY City Lens

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