Fare-Free WRTA Buses: Advisory Board May Continue Policy In New Budget

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WORCESTER, MA — The Worcester Regional Transit Authority may continue the transit agency’s fare-free policy in the next fiscal year — welcome news for the 70 percent of local residents who support continuing the policy, according to a new poll.

The WRTA advisory board on March 21 voted to direct the agency’s administrators to produce a fiscal year 2025 budget that includes another year of fare-free buses. That’s a similar process to what happened in 2023, when the advisory board included $3.6 million in the fiscal 2024 budget to retain the policy through June 30. Fiscal year 2025 runs July 1 to June 30, 2025.

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