Making transit accessible to everyone

Reduced Fares:

We're working to make transit accessible to everyone

Transit plays a vital role in connecting us to the people and places in our community. TriMet offers many programs and discounts to make sure everyone can use our transit system.

Ride as much as you need for no more than $28 a month — a 72% discount.

Those who qualify for our Honored Citizen reduced fares can ride as much as they need for no more than $28 a month — a 72% discount. We also work with social service agencies, non-profits and community-based organizations to provide free fares for riders who need it the most.

There are many ways to qualify — it’s likely you or somebody you know can ride with reduced fares.

Income

In 2018, we introduced income-based fare discounts — You can now qualify for Honored Citizen fares if you or your family earns less than twice the federal poverty level.

 

As of November 19, 2019, over 25,000 people have signed up.
Here are a few of their stories:

 


Age

Riders under the age of 18 and over 64 qualify for reduced (or even free) fares.

  • Children 6 and under ride for free with a paying passenger.
  • Minors age 7 to 17 qualify for reduced Youth fare. Proof of age or status as a high school student is required for ages 15–17.
  • Seniors 65 and older qualify for reduced fares. Proof of eligibility — such as a government-issued photo ID with your age on it is required.

Health or disability

Riders with a mental or physical disability qualify for reduced fares. (Verification and a photo ID Honored Citizen Hop card required.)

Medicare recipients under the age of 65 also qualify for reduced fares. Proof of eligibility is a government-issued photo ID and your Medicare card.


Grant programs for community organizations

We also work extensively with local non-profits, social service agencies and school districts to make sure those who need it the most get access to transit, no matter what their circumstances or finances.

Fare Relief Program

There are many non-profits doing fantastic work in our communities. Through TriMet’s Fare Relief Program, we provide free fares to organizations serving those who need help most. Non-profits then distribute these fares to the people they serve.

Fare Assistance Program

TriMet also supplies reduced fares to non-profits, to be distributed to the people they serve.


Reduced/free fares for high school students

Money should never keep somebody from school. All Portland Public School students ride transit for free during the school year. And thanks to the recent “Keep Oregon Moving” legislation, we now make $700,000 worth of fare available to other local school districts annually, so they can distribute them to students who need it the most.


A fairer citation process — avoiding the court system

Getting a fare citation shouldn’t have long-term consequences and result in a court record. But until recently, a fare evasion citation had to be resolved within the court system. We didn’t think this was right.

In 2018, we introduced a new, fairer citation process. Now, riders have a 90-day window to resolve some citations directly with TriMet. If you are an adult and receive a citation for fare evasion, you may be able to resolve the citation by paying a reduced fine, performing community service or enrolling in our Honored Citizen reduced fare program, if you qualify. If you believe the citation was given in error and you can provide us with evidence, we’ll dismiss the citation.