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Fare Free Transit Systems: Issues and Opportunities
June 14, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EDT
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, many transit systems eliminated fare collection in an effort to address safety concerns associated with driver/passenger interaction. As some precautionary measures are now being lifted, many agencies have resumed, or will soon resume, pre-Covid fare collection practices. Other agencies have begun to re-examine past fare collection policies with renewed interest in offering free fares system-wide or to customers such as youth, seniors or those who are economically disadvantaged. Although there are obvious barriers to implementation, agencies view this as a potential opportunity to enhance social equity, improve operations and boost ridership. In this session you will learn more about implementation and outcomes of free fare practices nationally and from two Florida properties with experience operating free fare systems.
Moderator: Ann Joslin, CUTR
Presenters: Cristina Barone, Nelson/Nygaard; Brian Freeman, Indian River County MPO; and Murriah Dekle, St. Lucie County
When: Monday 14 June 2021, 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Time Zone: (GMT-04:00) Eastern Time (US and Canada) (Please note that Daylight Saving Time (+01:00 hr) is in effect during this time)