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Kansas City Makes All Public Transit Free To Ride

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Kansas City Makes All Public Transit Free To Ride

Kansas City Makes All Public Transit Free To Ride

Good news for folks in Kansas City. On Thursday, the Kansas City, Missouri, City Council unanimously voted to abolish bus fares, while authorities elsewhere are increasing efforts to crack down on fare evaders. The latest move positions the city to become the first major metropolitan area with free public bus service.

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According to News Week, residents will soon be able to ride buses in the city for free. Lawmakers believe that the big change change that will cost around $8 million per year, will improve the lives of residents and believe it is well worth the cost.

City councilman Eric Bunch spoke to KCUR and said,

“I don’t want to do it for any sort of national recognition, I want to do it because it’s the right thing to do, I believe that people have a right to move about this city.”

For those who don’t know, fare-free travel was already available on the city’s light rail. However, the change to buses will require the city manager to allocate funds to the project, News Week reports.

The new move is expected to be implemented in 2020.

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