Access Transit: Fare Assistance Program

Qualified nonprofit organizations and government entities can receive an administrative credit to purchase TriMet fares for low-income clients.

Who can apply?

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

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

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.

Note: LIFT fares are not part of the program.

How to apply

To apply, download and fill out the application form:

Application Form: Fare Assistance Program

Send completed applications to us online or by mail:

Attn: Fare Assistance Program
101 SW Main St., Suite 700
Portland, OR 97204

Need a hard copy? Email Wes Charley