Policy & Popcorn: A Panel Discussion on Fare Free Transit



April 29, 2022 , 10:30am - 12:00pm


During the height of the pandemic fares were waived by many transit agencies. Now, as agencies struggle with how to transition back towards fares, we are at an inflection point to discuss possibilities for expanding free fares. Permanently removing fares is likely to increase ridership, and reduce auto reliance, but most agencies have concerns about the fiscal sustainability of such an approach. Assembly member Holden has recently introduced a bill to the California legislature, AB 1919, which would require agencies to offer fare free service for Californians under 25. Our speakers will discuss the merits, opportunities, and challenges for different types of fare-free service, as well as equitable alternatives to fare-free service.

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