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Access Transit: Fare Assistance Program

Qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and governmental entities will receive a 20 percent administrative credit to continue or to increase current funding levels for purchase of TriMet fares for low-income recipients.

Who can apply?

To be eligible to participate in the program, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Organizations must serve low-income clients.
  • Organizations must serve a majority of clients whose residence is in the TriMet service district.
  • Organizations must use the fares to help low-income clients access services critical to employment, housing and personal stability.
  • Organizations must be in good account standing with TriMet.
  • Organizations must agree to only distribute fares to its clients.

Eligible organizations will be required to enter into a fare purchase agreement with TriMet that includes administrative duties such as verification of fare recipient low-income status, intake, processing and fulfillment of orders to qualifying recipients, record keeping and management of fare inventory, including reporting of fare disbursements as described in the agreement.

Application and selection process

Applications for the Access Transit: Fare Assistance Program will be accepted on a rolling basis and will be reviewed to determine if the criteria listed are met.

Upon application approval, TriMet will ask your organization to sign a fare agreement. Once we receive the signed fare agreement, TriMet's Accounting department will create an account for your organization; you will receive a copy of the finalized agreement, the account number and forms to place your order. Ordering details are also on the ordering forms.

LIFT and Honored Citizens fares are not part of the program as they are already offered at a discounted price.

How to apply

Download the application (PDF) and send it to us via:
Email: Johnell Bell or Monika Johnson
Mail: TriMet Department of Diversity and Transit Equity
4012 SE 17th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97202