The city's streetcar shows that free rides are an effective incentive for public transportation users. Star file photo Riding the bus in Kansas City should be free. A radical idea? No. For more than a year, transit officials and area politicians have quietly talked about making at least some Kansas City Area Transportation Authority bus routes permanently fare-free.
Possibly the only way to justify the disparity betwixt streetcar riders and the majority of public transit. Here's the newspaper case for more free stuff that will eventually be charged to local homeowners one way or another. Read more: