With time running out to exchange older style tickets – those without the foil strip as well as 1-Zone and 2-Zone tickets – TriMet is holding a special two-day ticket trade-in event on Friday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 8. The agency wants people, especially those who don’t ride frequently, to have the chance to exchange old tickets they have tucked away for new ones before December 31. If they miss the deadline, they may as well use the old tickets for confetti come New Year’s Eve because the tickets will no longer have value.
Ticket exchange event
While riders can exchange their tickets at the TriMet Ticket Office in Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland during regular business days, TriMet will have dedicated staff on Friday, Dec. 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to handle exchanges. The ticket office is adding special hours on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for ticket exchanges.
TriMet has been alerting riders all year that unused tickets without a shiny foil strip need to be exchanged for new ones. The foil or hologram strip is a security feature to deter fraud. In the past year, more than 235,000 of the old tickets have been exchanged.
1-Zone and 2-Zone tickets
In September, TriMet ended the zone system and moved to a simpler “go-anywhere” fare system. Since the change, 1-Zone and 2-Zone tickets are no longer valid without an upgrade. Riders can upgrade the zone tickets for 40 cents, either on a bus one at a time or in bulk at the TriMet Ticket Office, but that ends December 31.
Help spread the word
Tell your family, tell your friends, tell your friends’ families. TriMet doesn’t want people stuck with tickets they can’t use so help us spread the word.
Learn more at trimet.org/oldtickets.