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Statement: Michelle Wu on Free 28 Bus Pilot

Released on: July 26, 2021

Boston, MA— The following statement can be attributed to Boston City Councilor and Mayoral Candidate Michelle Wu:

“Today’s announcement shows that free bus service is possible in Boston when we organize to make it happen, but we don’t just need one free route through Election Day—we need a system that reaches across our city. 

That’s why I’ve been fighting for years to deliver fare-free transit and today released a roadmap to broaden this first step toward a fare-free bus system for Boston. I’m grateful for all the advocates, riders, and community members who have shown up time and again to organize for our shared future. We owe it to Boston residents to do more in this critical moment.”



  • Michelle Wu first called for fare-free transit on the Codcast in March 2018. 

  • In a Boston Globe op ed in January 2019, Michelle Wu called to make the T free. 

  • Wu was the first elected official to call for the MBTA’s 28 Bus route to be free, at the

    FMCB Feb 2019 meeting on fare increases. 

  • Wu led a day of action against fare hikes on July 1, 2019, with hundreds of volunteers across the state. 

  • Earlier today, her office released a roadmap in partnership with Northeastern University’s Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy on the pathway for a wider fare-free bus pilot and system-wide change.