Even just one month of free fares led to a ‘fantastic’ ridership increase in metro Denver: 22% over previous month and 36% over previous August. CDOT provides just 1% of funding thus far, could do more.

Yep, RTD’s free fare August led to a ‘fantastic’ ridership increase, data shows By Nathaniel Minor· Oct. 20, 2022, CPR Passengers flocked to the Regional Transportation District’s buses and trains in the highest numbers since the beginning of the pandemic during a free fare program in August. RTD saw some 6.3 million boardings during that month’s state-sponsored “Zero Fare for Better Air” …