Innovative ways to stimulate the economy: Free rides for everyone


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Want to stimulate the economy? Make buses, subways, commuter rails, and trolleys free. With gasoline prices sky high for much of last year, public transit ridership surged, reaching its highest level since the 1950s. The American Public Transportation Association says Americans took 10.7 billion trips on mass transit in 2008, and a fare holiday would put money back in those riders' pockets.