In January 2015, Mountain Line began a three-year Zero-Fare demonstration project, funded by key community and local government partners. Bus rides that previously cost $1 per trip, were now free to all riders. At the same time, the agency implemented Phase II of their long-range plan, adding new levels of bus service—Late Evening Service on four core routes, as well as a second high-frequency “Bolt” route—made possible by the 2013 voter-approved mill levy.
There is no doubting the success of the Zero-Fare program, however, this three-year demonstration program expires at the end of 2017. In order to keep this successful program running, our bus system needs to retain all current program partners, while also recruiting new partners from the community, and increasing the overall funding commitment for Zero-Fare Mountain Line.