Makinen, who lost his eyesight about four years ago, said his disability has helped shape his belief that public transit is more than just transporting people, that it’s a service that should be woven into the “fabric of the community.”
Some naysayers contend that security will become more of a problem if anybody can ride for free. But Makinen dismisses such speculation. He believes just the opposite would likely occur if ridership goes up because more people would be on board to see what’s going on.https://www.cleveland.com/news/2020/01/free-public-transit-in-the-works-for-kansas-city-might-cleveland-one-day-follow-suit.html
This article outlines some of the benefits of fare-free public transit. The money people save on fares will more likely be spent locally, rather than spent on gasoline, where most of it leaves the community.