Worcester Buses Will Remain Free, But Not For Long

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WORCESTER, MA — A pandemic-era policy of not collecting bus fares in the Worcester Regional Transit Authority (WRTA) system will remain in place, but agency leaders are looking forward to collecting fares soon due to budget concerns.

The WRTA advisory board met Thursday morning to discuss whether to continue with a fare collection suspension, a policy put in place last spring during the first wave of coronavirus. Board member and Worcester City Councilor Gary Rosen asked for a vote to keep the policy in place until April 1. However, the board didn’t vote at all, instead deferring to WRTA Director Dennis Lipka’s desire to keep the policy in place until March 1.

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