No fare: Research Bureau calls for free WRTA bus service

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WORCESTER – They’ve crunched the numbers, looked at ridership trends, and examined the potential problems.

And The Research Bureau has concluded that the Worcester Regional Transit Authority is “a perfect candidate” to become a free bus system, saying the $2 million to $3 million cost to making the service free would increase ridership and could be made up through cost savings, increased governmental aid, and partnerships.

“Worcester’s specific conditions – rider demographics, farebox recovery ratios, service zone characteristics, and lean operations – point to a perfect candidate for a fare-free system,” The Research Bureau writes in the recommendations section of its report “The Implications of a Fare-Free WRTA.”

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