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Officials from Rogers and Springdale approved free bus rides through Ozark Regional Transit on Jan. 1.

Officials from Rogers and Springdale and Ozark Regional Transit expanded free bus and public transportation to residents on Jan. 1.

Fayetteville has not required passengers to pay fares for fixed-route services since they approved the free system in August 2018. This program will not extend to on-demand taxi services, according to Ozark Regional Transit.

Ozark Regional Transit officials hope to increase their ridership in 2020, according to a Facebook post from Ozark Regional Transit on Dec. 20, 2019.

Fees in cities that do not offer free transit are typically $1.25 for adult tickets, $1 for student or youth tickets and 60 cents for senior tickets.

Twenty-one percent of UA students use transit to get to campus. Based on millennial travel trends, officials expect the use of transit, biking and walking systems to increase, according to the 2015 Transportation Plan Update from the UA Office of Sustainability.

Andrew Elkins is the associate news editor of the Arkansas Traveler. He worked as a reporter and photographer from 2018-2019.

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