TriMet announces summer schedule of events to help riders reduce their transit costs

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Thirteen events, in partnership with Portland State University and Portland Parks & Recreation’s Free Lunch + Play program, expand options for riders to sign up for reduced fare

TriMet wants to help those struggling financially afford transit, so we’re taking our low-income fare program to Portland neighborhoods this summer. We’re also expanding enrollment services on select Saturdays at Portland State University. A series of 13 sign-up events, held in partnership with Portland Parks & Recreation and PSU, will help TriMet’s efforts to get reduced fare into the hands of riders living on a low income. These events provide new opportunities to sign up and save $864 or more on annual transit costs for those who meet the financial requirements. Many of the events will be held in conjunction with Portland Parks & Recreations’s Free Lunch + Play program, which provides healthy meals for local schoolchildren who may experience hunger during the summer months.

Upcoming low-income fare enrollment events

Thursday, July 11

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Cully Park

5810 NE 72nd Ave.

Friday, July 12

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Gateway Discovery Park

10520 NE Halsey St.

Saturday, July 13

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

PSU Urban Plaza

(Between the SW Mill and SW Montgomery MAX stations)

Wednesday, July 17

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Ventura Park

460 SE 113th Ave.

Tuesday, July 23

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Luuit View Park

NE 127th Ave. & NE Fremont St.

Check TriMet’s Facebook page for more events planned for later this summer.

Our low-income fare program gives riders a 72 percent discount off the cost of Adult fare. It is open to residents of Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties who earn up to double the federal poverty level, about $25,000 for an individual and $51,500 for a family of four. Qualification is quick and easy. All you need is a government-issued I.D. and proof of income such as a recent pay stub or an Oregon Health Plan or SNAP benefit card. We also have 13 community partner organizations with locations across the tri-county area that verify for income for program participants.

The low-income fare program is funded by Keep Oregon Moving, which Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed into law following the 2017 legislative session. The law created the state’s first-ever ongoing, stable source of funding for public transit. More than 17,300 people enrolled in the program in its first year, with savings for riders estimated at $2.5 million. Learn more at trimet.org/lowincome.