Fare-free WRTA buses could be in for the long haul

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WORCESTER – A Worcester Regional Transit Authority panel unanimously recommended that buses remain fare-free for the next year, with money from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act making up for a lack of passenger revenue.

The recommendation came from the Worcester Regional Transit Authority’s Working Audit and Finance Committee, which met Wednesday morning.

“It just wouldn’t be right; now is not the right time to go back” to fares, Worcester Regional Transit Authority Advisory Board Chairman and Finance Committee member Gary Rosen said, referencing high inflation and the ongoing search for a new administrator.

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