A series of virtual meetings on how the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority can eliminate fares on its buses and trains will begin Wednesday.

The authority has developed a pilot program to give free rides to low-income riders starting in January and to kindergarteners though 12th graders in August 2022.

The MTA’s Fareless System Initiative study has scheduled five local service-council meetings in March to gather public feedback on that program.

The agency’s service councils advise on planning and implementation of Metro services in five geographic regions, but the presentation will be the same at each meeting and members of the public can attend and ask questions regardless of where they live, officials said.

The meetings will be held virtually, at the following times:

— Wednesday: San Fernando Valley Service Council, 6:30 p.m.

— Monday: San Gabriel Valley Service Council, 5 p.m.

— March 10: Westside/Central Service Council, 6 p.m.

— March 11: Gateway Cities Service Council, 2 p.m.

— March 12: South Bay Service Council, 9:30 p.m.

The meetings can be accessed at www.metro.net/about/board/board-directors-meetings-audio-archive/.

Agendas can be found at www.metro.net/about/about-metro/advisory-meetings/.

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