Paris considers free public transit

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PARIS — The French capital has launched a study on the possibility of making the city’s transit system — bus, subway and commuter rail — fare-free, which would make the region the world’s largest offering free public transit.

CityLab reports that Mayor Anne Hidalgo is a proponent of the plan, which, according to one estimate, would cost an extra 6 billion Euros a year, or a little over $7 billion. A study of the proposal is due by the end of the year.

Among the questions still to be decided, according to the article, are the limits of the free transit area, whether everyone would be eligible or just certain ages or income groups, how to prepare for an increase in ridership — and how to pay for the plan.

The full article is available here.

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