TriMet changes fares and service beginning Sept. 1-2

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All zones are eliminated, including the Free Rail Zone, system easier to navigate

TriMet is eliminating all fare zones, including the Free Rail Zone and raising most fares effective Saturday, Sept. 1. This change means that a valid fare will be required to ride MAX Light Rail in Downtown Portland and the Lloyd District. TriMet is also moving to a simpler fare system with one fare for each rider category.

Making the system easier to navigate

  • The elimination of zones simplifies the fare system and riders can choose either a two-hour ticket or a convenient day pass.
  • For some riders, the fares will either remain the same (Honored Citizen 2-hour ticket) or decline (New Day Tickets for Honored Citizens and Youths)
  • These new “go anywhere” fares are valid on buses, MAX light rail and WES Commuter Rail.
  • Convenient Day Passes allow riders to travel all day with just one fare purchase.

Fare prices effective September 1, 2012

Adults (ages 18-64)

2-hour Adult ticket $2.50
Adult day pass w/unlimited rides (no increase in cost) $5
7-Day Adult Pass $26

Youths (ages 7-17)

Children age 6 and under ride free with a paying passenger

2-hour Youth ticket $1.65
Youth day pass w/unlimited rides (lower cost) $3.30
7-Day Youth Pass (new fare option) $8

Honored Citizens (ages 65+, qualify for Medicare or people with a disability)

2-hour Honored Citizen ticket (no increase in cost) $1
Honored Citizen day pass w/unlimited rides (lower cost) $2
7-Day Honored Citizen Pass (new fare option) $7

Downtown Pass

The Downtown Pass program will be expanded to include MAX beginning Sept. 1. The bus pass was created in 2010 for people who live in Downtown Portland and are elderly or have a disability. The $10 two-year photo ID pass will now be valid on both buses and MAX.

Mitigating fare increases

In addition to the Downtown Pass expansion, TriMet is also setting aside $1 million to mitigate the fare increases on low-income riders. TriMet will partner with social service agencies and non-profits to administer this program.

Eliminating the Free Fail Zone and increasing most fares saves nearly $9 million and helped to close a $12 million shortfall in the agency’s Fiscal Year 2013 operating budget. The extensive budget process lasted eight months and resulted in an unprecedented 16,000 public comments.

September service changes effective Sept. 2

  • 2 new MAX stations open at PSU
    With construction complete on the new student housing facility, University Pointe at College Station, the two adjacent MAX stations will open. The new stations are located along the MAX Green and Yellow lines at SW 5th & Jackson and SW 6th & College. This brings the total to 87 MAX stations along the 52-mile system.
  • 17 bus lines will be reconfigured
    Route segments that overlap with other routes will be eliminated while maintaining service to an area on lines 6, 8, 9, 12, 15, 16, 17, 47, 48, 67, 70, 73, 77, 82, 87, 89 and 94.
  • 2 bus lines will have routing changes
    Line 15 will be extended between Montgomery Park and the NW Industrial area, and this additional service will help people get to jobs in the area. Routing along line 43 will be modified in Downtown Portland.
  • 8 bus lines will have low-ridership trips eliminated
    Lines 15, 18, 36, 37, 43, 50, 55 and 59 will have service either begin later in the morning and/or end earlier in the evening, and may include extending time between trips.
  • 7 bus lines will have service added
    Lines 4, 9, 33, 35, 44, 76, and 94, will have trips added to alleviate overcrowding.

An easy way to plan your trip

TriMet’s online trip planner makes it easy to plan a trip, with information on travel and walk times, transfers and cost; visit trimet.org or m.trimet.org for smartphones.