On July 1, 1973, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania initiated a free transit program for senior citizens, representing the first commitment by any state to provide free public transportation for all older persons. With the voluntary cooperation of more than 70 private and public local transit carriers, serving more than 95 percent of all local-transit patronage in the state, the program provided an estimated 49 million free rides at a cost to the state of $10.8 million during its first year of operation. Funded by the state lottery, these costs are the amounts that the participating transit properties receive for the estimated transit losses incurred as a result of carrying senior citizens free of charge. The purpose of this article is to describe the results of a research study to assess the impacts of this senior citizens' free-transit program. The results are significant to the commonwealth and to other states that may be considering this means of increasing the mobility of its elderly citizens. /GMRL/

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    Eno Transportation Foundation

    1250 I Street, NW, Suite 750
    Washington, DC  United States  20005
  • Authors:
    • Hoel, L A
    • Millar, W W
    • ROSZNER, E S
  • Publication Date: 1977-7

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 497-514
  • Serial:
    • Traffic Quarterly
    • Volume: 31
    • Issue Number: 3
    • Publisher: Eno Transportation Foundation
    • ISSN: 0041-0713

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00183030
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 12 1981 12:00AM