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Title: Fare-Free Public Transit at Universities: An Evaluation

Author(s): Brown, Jeffrey, Daniel Hess, and Donald Shoup

Published: 2003 by Journal of Planning Education and Research, Vol 23(1): 69-82

Online Access: http://shoup.bol.ucla.edu/FareFreePublicTransitAtUniversities.pdf

Abstract: UCLA Universities and public transit agencies in the United States have together invented an arrangement called Unlimited Access that provides fare-free transit ser vice for all students (and, on some campuses, faculty and staff as well). Unlimited Access is not free transit but is instead a new way to pay for it. The university pays the transit agency for all rides taken by eligible members of the campus community. This article evaluates the results of the Unlimited Access program at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Bus ridership for commuting to campus increased by 56 percent during BruinGO's first year, and solo driving fell by 20 percent. Because these startling results were achieved in a city famous for its addiction to cars, they suggest that Unlimited Access can succeed almost anywhere.

Category: Public Transit     

See other articles by the author(s): Donald Shoup Daniel B. Hess Jeffrey Brown

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