‘Now Let’s Do This Everywhere’: Kansas City, Missouri Approves Free Public Transit for All | Common Dreams News
Lawmakers in Kansas City, Missouri took a “visionary step” on Thursday by unanimously voting to make public transportation in the city free of charge, setting the stage for it to be the first major U.S. city to have free public transit.
The Kansas City Council voted to direct the city manager to set aside $8 million to eliminate the $1.50 per ride fare that currently applies to the city’s bus system.
Some frequent riders could save about $1,000 per year under the new plan, according to KCUR, the city’s public radio station.
“It’d help me out a lot,” college student Michael Mumford, who rides the city’s buses at least once per day, told the station. “Put some change in my pocket…buy some books for class.”