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Tucson's fare-free transit could end next year

Published: Monday, November 28, 2022 - 5:05am

Tucson officials say free public transit will not continue into 2023 if the city cannot find new funding for the program.

Transit users in Tucson have been getting fare-free rides on the city’s street car, buses and vans since 2020, thanks to a program funded by emergency COVID-19 relief money. 

But federal dollars have since run out. As the Arizona Daily Star reports, the program will cost roughly $9 million per year to keep running. It’s set to end Dec. 31 unless the city can find a new way to fund it.

The publication reports student leaders at the University of Arizona have pushed the university to provide permanent fare-free transit. But officials have not publicly announced whether they’ll help the program stay. 

The City Council is expected to vote on the future of the program in December. 

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