As budget negotiations remain ongoing in Albany, one proposal still on the table is a free bus pilot program in parts of New York City.
The plan would take place over four years, with two free bus routes starting in the Bronx and then eventually expanding into all five boroughs.
Meanwhile, other large cities across the nation have been experimenting with free bus services, including Boston, where three bus routes running through low-income, transit-critical communities have been made free.
Last month marked one year since the start of that free fare program.
Stacy Thompson, the executive director of LivableStreets Alliance, an advocacy organization dedicated to making city streets more pedestrian-friendly, joined Errol Louis on “Inside City Hall” Thursday to talk about some of the lessons that could be learned from Boston.
“I don’t think transit is dead,” she said. “I think we need to meet the reality of where a thriving global city should be, which is moving 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in different directions for different reasons.”