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Tucson to discuss return of transit fare collection

Tucson may return to a fare collection system for its transit services. City officials first suspended the collection of fares in 2020 amid the pandemic.

The Tucson City Council has extended the moratorium on fare collection on five more occasions, most recently in May.

According to the city manager, the City Council’s upcoming discussions give an opportunity to receive an update on fare-free transit operations and return to collecting for the Sun Link and Sun Express Services.

Had fares been in place last year, the city manager estimates that Tucson would have collected roughly $20 million in revenue from full ridership across all transit services.

A return to the fare collection would not be immediate as officials would need to identify a time and cost to returning.

Ignacio Ventura is a reporter for KJZZ. He graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in creative writing and a minor in news media and society.