Free rides for WRTA passengers will continue another six months

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The Worcester Regional Transit Authority Advisory Board voted overwhelmingly to continue fare-free service for the next 6 months while a new fare-collection system is implemented, a compromise reached after discussion of the effort revealed deep divisions among board members

“Let’s see how we do, we’ll be post pandemic, hopefully, let’s see what ridership looks like, what the economy looks like,” Advisory Board member Gary Rosen said. “On January 1st, I will be still advocating (for fare-free service), some won’t be, that’s fine. I think it’s an excellent compromise.”

Rosen urged other zero-fare advocates on the board to support the compromise. The motion to extend fare-free service passed with all board members in favor and board Chairman William Lehtola abstaining.

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