Second phase of planned increases takes effect April 1
LIFT paratransit fares increase by 30 cents on Monday, April 1, 2013, bringing the cost of a one-way trip to $2.45. Last year, the TriMet Board of Directors approved a phased-in increase each year until LIFT fare reaches the same level as an adult 2-hour ticket for fixed-route buses and trains, which is currently $2.50. In phase one in April 2012, LIFT fares went up by 30 cents from $1.85 to $2.15.
TriMet LIFT fares for the door-to-door paratransit service are low compared to peer agencies. While the LIFT cash fare is increasing to $2.45, the cost to TriMet is approximately $30 per ride. The ADA allows paratransit fares to be a maximum of twice the cost of a fixed-route fare or up to $5.00.
Most transit trips taken by people with disabilities and the frail elderly are on fixed-route buses and trains. More than 102 million trips were taken on buses, MAX and WES in Fiscal Year 2012 compared to about a million trips on LIFT.
LIFT fare increase phase-in
|LIFT Cash/Ticket Fare||$2.15||$2.45|
|LIFT Pass (unlimited use)||$62.00||$72.00|
|LIFT 20 Ride Punch Card (10¢ discount)||$41.00||$47.00|
A fixed-route adult 2-hour ticket is $2.50, a day pass is $5 and a monthly pass is $100. Once LIFT cash fares match the fixed-route 2-hour ticket fare, both will increase at the same rate going forward.