Final phased-in fare increase for ADA LIFT rides takes effect April 1

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The third and final phased-in LIFT paratransit fare increase of five cents takes effect on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. This moves the LIFT fare for the door-to-door paratransit service to $2.50, matching the Adult two-hour ticket. In 2011, the phased-in fare increase was supported by both the Committee on Accessible Transportation (CAT) and the TriMet board of directors to bring the LIFT paratransit fare equal to the Adult two-hour ticket.

The LIFT program is mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which allows paratransit fares to be a maximum of twice the cost of a fixed-route fare, or up to $5. TriMet’s LIFT fares are lower compared to peer agencies.

The LIFT cost per ride averages about $31, with the program costing more than $32 million annually. The fare increase helps with the cost and growth of the service.

Most transit trips taken by people with disabilities and the frail elderly are on fixed-route buses and trains. About 11 million trips are taken on buses and MAX, compared to 1 million trips on LIFT.

During the phased-in fare change, TriMet maintained the Honored Citizen fare for fixed-route service at $1. Riders eligible for Honored Citizen fares are those who are 65 or older, on Medicare or have a disability.