A Free Ride
In a major step toward establishing free public transit in Washington, D.C., the city council unanimously voted to subsidize all bus fares. If the bill is passed and adopted, the district will be the most populous city in the U.S. to offer free transit. Washington's transit victory is part of a larger push to democratize transport across the country. While climate change and racial justice have galvanized transit activists, free transit experiments during the pandemic also helped the movement build momentum. Here are the 4 largest U.S. cities with free public transit.