Thursday, June 5, 2014

Cities Launch Drive for Fare-Free Buses

Posted By on Thu, Jun 5, 2014 at 9:21 AM

Here's a radical idea: free buses.

City of Missoula, Mont., officials are pushing to add $50,000 in city funds to a community partnership that is looking to raise $400,000 to make Mountain Line buses free to ride in and around the city.

This morning's Missoulian reports that voters have already approved a $1.7 million levy to beef up frequency and extend the hours of operation of the Missoula Urban Transportation District. Transportation officials say that, coupled with a fare-free system, they could increase ridership by 45 percent in just three years.

The Missoulian reports that some heavy hitters have stepped in to help raise the $400,000, including the University of Montana, two local hospitals, the local mall and other businesses.

Corvallis, Ore., another university town, has already launched a fare-free bus system.

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