The MetroLink free fare zone operated as a partnership between Metro and the community improvement district that is now Downtown Inc. This program included an in-kind contribution to offset the free fares. At the same time, a similar arrangement existed between Terminals 1 & 2 at Lambert Airport. Both free fare zones were eliminated January 1, 2009, when a significant fare increase, and shortly thereafter a service reduction, were implemented. At the time of their conclusion, neither program was accompanied by a cash or in-kind match that would offset potentially lost passenger revenue. The policy decision to eliminate these programs was intended to create equity in fare payment across the entire system. Metro remains committed to exploring free and reduced-fare promotional programs and zones across our system, but in order to maintain equity, such a program would require some corresponding support.