Implementation and Outcomes of Fare-free Transit Systems

Implementation and Outcomes of Fare-free Transit Systems

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The purpose of this synthesis was to document the past and current experiences of public transit agencies that have planned, implemented, and operated fare-free transit systems. The report concentrates on public transit agencies that are either direct recipients or sub-recipients of federal transit grants and provide fare-free service to everyone in their service area on every mode they provide. The report will be of interest to transit managers and staffs, small urban and rural areas, university, and resort communities, as well as stakeholders and policy makers at all levels who would be interested in knowing the social benefits and macro impacts of providing affordable mobility through fare-free public transit. A review of the relevant literature was conducted for this effort. Reports provide statistics on changes in levels of ridership associated with fare-free service. White papers or agency reports identified by the topic panel or discovered through interviews with fare-free transit managers were also reviewed. Through topic panel input, Internet searches, listserv communications, and APTA and TRB sources, the first comprehensive listing of public transit agencies that provide fare-free service in the United States was identified. A selected survey of these identified public transit agencies yielded an 82% response rate (32/39). The report offers a look at policy and administrative issues through survey responses. Five case studies, achieved through interviews, represent the three types of communities that were found to be most likely to adopt a fare-free policy: rural and small urban, university dominated, and resort communities.41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. 50. ______ Contact information for public Transit Systems That Have implemented ... Bus and Paratransit Conference, Center for Urban Transportation Research, University of South Florida, Tampa, 2008. ... Quade aamp; Douglass, Inc.; and K. HunterZaworski, TCRP Report 100: Transit Capacity and Quality of Service Manual, 2nd ed. ... Final Reportfrom the Free-Fare Telephone Survey, conducted for the Capital Metro Transportation Authority, Apr. 1990.

Title:Implementation and Outcomes of Fare-free Transit Systems
Author:Joel Volinski
Publisher:Transportation Research Board - 2012-01-01


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