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... Fare-Free Transit Evaluation Framework 2-29 Figure 2-13 Example Analysis Process Steps Elements Step 1: Estimate ridership increase  Fixed-route ridership increase based on peer transit agencies or internal data  Paratransit ridership increase based on peer transit agencies or internal data  Annual transit rider savings as a percentage of income Step 2: Estimate operational impacts  Transit vehicle capacity and max load  Boarding times and on-time performance  Fixed-route paratransit revenue hours  Fixed-route and paratransit vehicles, staff, and facilities  Transit ridership productivity Step 3: Estimate net annual costs  Foregone fare revenue  Fare collection cost savings  Program administration costs  Additional operating costs  Additional funding opportunities  Safety and security costs  Impact on cost per passenger trip Step 4: Estimate community impacts  Effects on automobile trips, congestion, and emissions  Local economic benefits  Community support

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