WRTA approves zero-fare extension

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The Worcester Regional Transit Authority zero-fare bus program will continue at least until June of 2024.

On Thursday, the WRTA board voted to extend the fare-free bus service. The program started in March 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic forced businesses and services to close. In September 2022 the board voted to extend the program through June 2023, and now the board has elected to continue the program.

“A fare free WRTA not only promotes equity and economic mobility for all residents, but it also supports local economic revitalization,” State Senator Robyn Kennedy said in a Thursday press release from the Worcester Zero Fare Coalition. “As one of the Senators representing the First Worcester district, I remain committed to advocating for the resources necessary to ensure our transit system continues to thrive. I am grateful for the WRTA’s partnership in this critical work, and I look forward to continuing to work together.”

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