Brockton Area Transit (BAT) buses to remain free through 2024

BROCKTON — You can ride Brockton buses for free through the end of 2024.

A state grant is letting Brockton Area Transit extend its “no fare” services. The free rides were originally scheduled to end May 31.

There are also two pieces of good news if you work a late shift, or an early one. First, this summer, BAT is running buses every half-hour from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. The expanded schedule started July 1.

“This enhanced amenity will benefit Brockton residents and business owners. It will also benefit visitors to the ‘City of Champions’ and assist neighboring municipalities and communities,” Mayor Robert F. Sullivan said in a written statement.

How will the taxi/Uber/Lyft subsidy work?

Second is good news for second- and third-shift workers. A pilot program will help you pay for taxi, Uber and Lyft rides outside bus hours. It’s just what one resident asked for when he spoke at city council’s most recent public hearing on the budget.

Speaking in Spanish, Vitorino Ramos of Brockton Workers Alliance said people who work nights and mornings get their pay eaten up just getting to and from work.

“They often have to spend all their money on Uber to get home,” Ramos said. “It’s not right.”

The details of the late-night/early morning discounts are still being worked out, said Michael J. Lambert, who runs BAT. He said it will likely run from 9:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. To use it, you’ll likely need to fill out a short application that includes your work schedule and contact information, Lambert said.

BAT ridership hits 22-year high

Early numbers show that bus ridership has revived since it dropped sharply during the COVID epidemic. Ridership has recovered to its usual levels and beyond. May’s ridership set a 22-year record, Lambert said.

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