BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Three MBTA bus routes were free in Boston, starting on Tuesday. Routes 28, 29, and 23 all travel through Roxbury and Dorchester, and the city said the buses have enough funding to continue fare-free for two years.
Mayor Michelle Wu said earlier in February that the buses are some of the most well-traveled in the city, with the 23 alone moving 100,000 people a month.
The program is being funded through an $8 million grant from the city, which it drew from its American Rescue Plan Act funding. Riders on the Route 23 bus Tuesday morning had a generally favorable view of the fare-free change. "I think it's great. It enables people to get to work and not have to take that out of their budget," one rider said.
"It helps out people who have a tight budget, and can't afford the MBTA all the time," said another rider, Terrell Burton.
WBZ's James Rojas (@JamesRojasNews) has more from the Route 23 Bus: