New routes for continuing fare-free WRTA service explored

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WORCESTER — With fare-free buses set to expire in June of this year, city leaders and organizations, such as the Worcester Regional Research Bureau, are pushing for the Worcester Regional Transit Authority Advisory Board to continue to extend the services for a longer period of time.

The bureau, in a report published on Friday, examined the finances of the WRTA, as well as other potential revenue streams that could replace bus fares in the long term, including funds from the state and federal governments, increased contributions from communities, and money from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

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