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Fare-Free Working Group

Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui has convened a working group to discuss the details of a fare-free bus pilot and has appointed Councillor Burhan Azeem as Chair. The working group, in collaboration with the Community Development Department, will meet over the course of three months to inform the City’s strategy regarding a fare-free bus pilot in Cambridge.

The recent fare-free bus pilots in Boston demonstrate that offering free bus service is an effective means of attracting riders back to the MBTA system. As Cambridge and the region look to emerge from the pandemic with an equitable and efficient transit system in place, fare-free pilots could serve as an effective first step. The working group is tasked with better understanding what implementation of a fare-free bus pilot would entail and what possible impacts would occur. Utilizing ridership data trends and guided by fare-free programs already in existence, the working group will report on the feasibility and timeline of a pilot in Cambridge.

All meetings will be available for public viewing. No public comment will be taken.

Meeting Times

If a scheduling conflict occurs, the Chair will amend the meeting time and update the schedule.

Working Group Members

  • Sumbul Siddiqui, Mayor
  • John Attanucci, Cambridge Transit Advisory Committee
  • Burhan Azeem (Chair), Cambridge City Councilor
  • Joe Barr, Director of Traffic and Parking
  • Steven Beaucher, Small Business Owner
  • Lindsey Currier, Community Member
  • Iram Farooq, Assistant City Manager, Community Development 
  • Sophie Goldman, CRLS Student
  • Matt Nelson, City Manager’s Office
  • Susanne Rasmussen, Director of Environmental and Transportation Planning 
  • Carl Rothenhaus, Community Member
  • Michael Scarlett, Chief of Staff, Office of Mayor Siddiqui
  • Saul Tannenbaum, Cambridge Transit Advisory Committee
  • Stacy Thompson, LivableStreets Alliance
  • Elaine Wen, CRLS Student 


Please reach out to Councillor Azeem with any questions at BAzeem@CambridgeMA.Gov.

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