On February 1, the Corvallis Transit System went fareless.
According to the Gazette-Times
CTS became fareless on Feb. 1 because of a Transit Operations Fee passed by the Corvallis City Council. It added $2.75 to single-family residential customers’ bill each month. The fee is one of three new Sustainability Initiatives Fees totaling $4.05 a month for most customers.While Salem takes relatively timid baby steps towards sustainability, here's a bold one. It will be interesting to see how this affects boardings and passenger miles.
The other two fees support maintenance of sidewalks and city trees.
The fee for transit operations replaced the portion of the city’s general fund (property taxes) previously dedicated to transit, making those funds available for other uses such as the library, parks and recreation, police and fire departments. It also insulates the transit fund from possible cuts to the general fund to deal with the city’s $3.1 million revenue shortfall.
The fee was adopted by the Corvallis City Council after passing three separate council votes between September and December 2010.