AL: City funds free fares for Birmingham Xpress bus

Riding the Birmingham Xpress routes to and from the Fair Park neighborhood, downtown and Woodlawn will be free again, at least for awhile.

On Tuesday, the Birmingham City Council approved an amendment to the current agreement between the city and the Birmingham Jefferson County Transit Authority, adding $300,000 to cover the cost of suspending fares for the Birmingham Xpress while a consolidated payment system is being developed.

Riders who were using both the fixed-route MAX Transit buses and the Birmingham Xpress rapid transit system have had to pay separate fares for each.

By Greg Garrison