Research Bureau tackles funding for fare-free buses

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Since the Worcester Regional Research Bureau first proposed fare-free bus service, the reaction from most transportation experts and officials has been the same: Sounds great, but how do we pay for it?

Tuesday, the Research Bureau took a stab at answering that question, presenting four options for funding a fare-free Worcester Regional Transit Authority.

“Smaller communities have found a variety of ways to fund a zero-fare system, and interest from community members both in and outside government is as strong in Worcester as it was in those other cities and towns,” the Research Bureau wrote Tuesday in an addendum to its original report, “The Implications of a Fare-Free WRTA.”

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