Synthesis of Information Related to Transit Problems. Topic SA-26. Implementation and Outcomes of Fare-Free Transit Systems

It is said that fare-free transit systems enjoy a number of advantages, including simplicity for riders, reduced dwell times, and substantially lower costs related to currency handling, auditing, and related functions. Presently, there are a small number of examples of fare-free zones in the US and much of the existing literature is dated. Successful fare-free systems in the US are located in Chapel Hill, NC; Clemson, SC; and Amherst, MA. There are others in Western Europe. A number of US cities, such as Seattle, WA; Long Beach, CA; Denver, CO; Orlando and Miami in FL; and Portland, ME have more limited fare-free zones or services; Houston, TX and Dayton, OH are considering implementing them. A synthesis is needed to report how fare-free implementation and operation works for transit agencies. A synthesis could select from these cities and others to report on the state of the practice. It might be used to aid public agencies, non-governmental organizations, and other stakeholders in deciding how to proceed when fare-free transit is being considered.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $35000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project J-07, Topic

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Synthesis

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Vlasak, Donna

  • Performing Organizations:

    Transportation Research Board

    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Start Date: 20100701
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 26600

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  • Accession Number: 01461366
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project J-07, Topic
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:44PM