The Worcester Regional Transit Authority has extended its COVID-19 fare suspension policy through 2022.
The extension gives the WRTA time to decide whether to make the policy permanent or revert to fare collection.
Board chairperson Gary Rosen said the extension is “the right move,” but warned the city must consider the longer-term implications of the policy. Thus far, Worcester has offset the lost fare revenue with federal stimulus funds. The city stands to get more from the new infrastructure package, but Rosen warned a big financial challenge lies ahead.