Free Public Transportation Accelerates in Some US Cities

WASHINGTON — The push for free-fare public transit is growing in the United States, despite a debate over its feasibility.

While some cities have been taking small steps, Washington recently passed a measure to eliminate fares on city buses. It is the largest city to put into place a zero-fare transit program, set to begin by July 1.

“Having free fare is the right thing to do,” said Charles Allen, a member of Washington’s governing council, which unanimously passed the bill.

Allen, who is also the chair of the city’s transportation committee, thinks public transit should be considered the same as other free public services.


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