In fact, the freebie transit efforts are mostly just a tactic used to rebrand initiatives that would otherwise meet with overwhelming voter rebuke.
Taxpayers would balk at raising costs to subsidize bus fare BUT the promise of "free transit" sounds wonderful. The streetcar has yet to live up to biz development promises but the "free" rides negate so much funding clandestinely philandered from the general fund to sustain the project whilst supporters wait for their big payday from the Feds.
Here's a more optimistic bit of cheerleading from public radio:
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