Fare-free WRTA buses not happening this year

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WORCESTER — Worcester Regional Transit Authority officials say the system will not go fare-free this fiscal year.

“At the end of the day, there will be no fare-free experiment in fiscal 2020,” WRTA Administrator Dennis J. Lipka said Thursday at the WRTA Advisory Board meeting. “Despite all the calls and the letters received (in favor of) fare-free service, we have yet to have any one offer to replace the revenue we would need for fiscal 2020.”

Advisory Board Chairman William Lehtola was not optimistic that such an experiment would occur in fiscal 2021 (which begins July 1) either.

But Lipka raised the possibility of some fare-free rides.

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