Free service on WRTA extended to next summer

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WORCESTER — The Worcester Regional Transit Authority Advisory Board voted Thursday to continue fare-free service until June 2023.

The Worcester Regional Research Bureau advocated for a fare-free WRTA in a May 2019 report, and the idea quickly gained traction in the city as a way to boost the transit authority’s ridership, make the system more economically and socially equitable, and help the environment.

But it took the coronavirus pandemic to implement the change.

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