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A 28 bus to Ruggles drives through the Nubian Square bus station. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)
A 28 bus to Ruggles drives through the Nubian Square bus station. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

It didn't take long for Mayor Michelle Wu to get to work on one of her key campaign promises.

On her first full day as mayor, Wu filed an appropriation order with the Boston City Council to allocate $8 million in federal funding to expand the city's fare-free bus program.

That appropriation would fund free fares for two years on three lines: the 23, the 28, and the 29, which serve parts of Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan, and Jamaica Plain — all places Wu says have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic.

We discuss with Mela Bush Miles, director of transit-oriented development and the T Riders Union at Alternatives for Environment and Community, and Brian Kane, Executive Director of the MBTA Advisory Board.

This segment aired on November 18, 2021.

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