Survey says people all aboard for free WRTA bus service

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WORCESTER – A recent survey by a group pushing for free Worcester Regional Transit Authority bus service found 90 percent of respondents would support their cause and that free service would encourage more ridership.

In its May report, “The Implications of a Fare-Free WRTA,” the Worcester Regional Research Bureau called the WRTA “a perfect candidate” for a fare-free bus system.

The report calculated that the $2- to $3-million cost to provide free service could be made up through cost savings, increased governmental aid and partnerships, and it said that offering the service for free would reverse the system’s declining ridership.

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