Free service starts on five MTA bus lines for pilot program

The MTA’s free bus pilot kicked off Sunday, Sept. 24, with one route in each borough waiving fares for at least six months as the transit agency studies the impact on service delivery, bus speeds, and ridership.

The pilot program, announced in April’s state budget agreement and funded with $15 million from Albany, will last at least until March 30, 2024, but could be extended for an additional six months beyond that, depending on the results of the pilot.