Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Chapel Hill, NC, #freetransit a huge success

How do we do this? In 2002, Chapel Hill, working in a close partnership with the University of North Carolina and the Town of Carrboro, made our bus system fare free. It was a bold step — and it worked. Within five years, the ridership of Chapel Hill Transit more than doubled. Today, our bus system, serving a community of about 85,000, carries over 7 million riders a year, making it the second-largest bus system by ridership in the state. Our system saves thousands of car trips a day. And we are the largest public fare-free system in the entire U.S.

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