By David Gillespie
July 14, 2018
TriMet—Portland’s self-proclaimed “#1 Transit” provider—celebrated Independence Day week by making moves to liberate Portlanders from the financial burdens of taking public transportation and unveiled two new policies: a reduced fare option for low-income riders and a new and improved approach to fare evasion citations.
Riders with household incomes less than double the national poverty line will be able to purchase day passes at a 50 percent discount and month passes at 38 percent of the standard rate. Riders can visit TriMet’s website for instructions on how to apply for the reduced fare passes. Those who are enrolled in Oregon Health Plan, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and other eligible programs will be approved automatically, while those who are not will be required to provide one of many accepted forms of income verification.
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