Free fares extended for the Worcester Regional Transit Authority until 2024

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Riders served by the Worcester Regional Transit Authority won’t have to worry about paying fares until next year.

The WRTA suspended fare collection on the entire system in March 2020. On Thursday, the authority’s advisory board voted to keep the policy in place until June 2024.

Authority administrator Dennis Lipka said money from the federal CARES Act pays for the free trips.

“The board vote this morning essentially allocated additional CARES money, $3.6 million dollars, to cover fares,” Lipka said. “We’re not doing away with fare revenue, we’re just taking it from a different source.”

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