TriMet reduces cost of Youth fares

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Change will make transit more affordable for all young people

The TriMet board of directors today approved the reduction in the agency’s Youth fares by 40 cents for a single-ride ticket and the monthly pass by $2. The change lowers the single-ride ticket to $1.25 and the monthly pass to $28 for riders between the ages of 7 and 17. The lower fares take effect on Sept. 1, 2014.

TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane proposed lower Youth fares to make transit a more viable transportation option.

“Lowering these fares makes it easier for families to pay for their kids to get to school, jobs and other activities,” said McFarlane. “It means that more affordable fares will benefit all young people throughout the region.”

PPS discounted fare program
Today, the TriMet board also approved the Portland Public School Student Pass Program for the upcoming school year. In previous years, state funding covered the total cost of the PPS program, but is no longer available.

All 12,600 PPS high school students receive free transit passes for the school year under the Student Pass Program. PPS is the only school district in the metro region that is not required by state law to provide yellow bus service to high school students, and is the only district that TriMet provides a dedicated fare program. For the past two years, the City of Portland, PPS and TriMet have shared the cost of the PPS Student Pass Program, which costs $2.9 million.

For the 2014-15 school year, TriMet will reduce its contribution to the PPS program by $634,000. That reduction, along with using $140,000 from uncommitted funds from the agency’s Access Transit fare programs means that the reduction in Youth fares regionally will have no financial impact on TriMet’s budget.