Daily digest: L.A. kills its free transit experiment, the Theodore Roosevelt statue is removed from the American Museum of Natural History, and more

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Los Angeles ends its free public transit experiment after two years

Los Angeles hasn’t been collecting bus fares since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March of 2020, but that pilot program, originally intended to help public transit agency Metro collect data on where reduced-fare service is needed most, is officially over. Despite the pandemic, Metro recorded approximately 281 million fare-free rides over the last 22 months, or about 80 percent of pre-COVID ridership. As Curbed points out, the experiment was only really feasible because the

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