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Buses around Central Massachusetts will remain free for another year after an advisory board for the Worcester Regional Transit Authority voted Thursday to continue its no-fare policy.
The WRTA will use about $3.6 million in federal pandemic relief money to cover lost fare revenue from the free buses. The vote ensures the WRTA remains one of the few transit systems nationwide with a no-fare policy.
“Thank you to the Worcester Regional Transit Authority’s Advisory Board for today’s historic vote,” the advocacy group Zero Fare Coalition said in a statement after the vote. “By extending the zero fare bus program through June of 2024, the WRTA is bringing continued financial relief and access to public transit to Worcester-area families and residents.”
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