Using Hop Fastpass on LIFT
Benefits of Hop
If your Hop card is lost or stolen, we can transfer your balance to a new card.
Earn monthly passes as you ride
With Hop, you add funds to your card before you travel. If you reach $74 on LIFT in a month, you’ll have earned a monthly pass and your LIFT rides will be free for the rest of the month.
Add funds to your card any time
Add money to your card using the website, smartphone app or phone hotline, or at the store using cash. Create an account to turn on Auto-Load so you’re never stuck without fare.
At a Glance
- Get your personalized LIFT Hop card
- Register your LIFT Hop card Learn more
- If you have an Honored Citizen Hop card, have your account balance transferred to your LIFT Hop card Learn more
- Add funds to your LIFT Hop card and check your balance Learn more
- Schedule your trips on LIFT and tell your reservationist that you will be paying for your trip with Hop Learn more
- Board the LIFT vehicle and show your driver your Hop card — there will not be any card readers on the LIFT vehicle Learn more
- Use your Hop card to pay for LIFT trips provided by Broadway Cab Learn more
- Use your LIFT Hop card on TriMet fixed-route buses, MAX Light Rail, Portland Streetcar and C-TRAN buses Learn more
- LIFT fare provided by schools, employers and social service agencies Learn more
Hop Fastpass: the basics
Hop is a transit fare card that offers LIFT riders a new way to pay for their trips. Your Hop card also serves as your identification card for LIFT service.
You choose how much money to add on your card, or you can set up Auto-Load to automatically reload your card when your balance gets low. Just make sure you have enough fare on your card to cover your trip.
Add money to your Hop card online, on the Hop smartphone app, over the phone or in person at hundreds of local supermarkets, convenience stores and pharmacies.
LIFT riders also qualify for reduced price Honored Citizen fares on TriMet buses, MAX Light Rail, WES Commuter Rail, Portland Streetcar and C-TRAN buses ($1.25 for a 2½-hour ticket and $5 for a day pass). Your Hop card will serve as your Honored Citizen identification card for any trips you take using these services.
Getting your Hop card
Once you have been determined eligible for LIFT service, you will receive your personalized Hop card with your eligibility determination packet. Hop cards purchased at retail outlets are not valid on LIFT.
Your Hop card will include your photo and an eligibility expiration date. There will also be an “A” on your card if you travel with a Personal Care Attendant on fixed-route buses and trains.
If your card is ever lost or stolen, the TriMet Ticket Office can issue a replacement.
You will receive a new Hop card every three (3) years once you are determined eligible through the LIFT eligibility recertification process. If you have temporary eligibility, the expiration date may vary.
Registering your card
Registering your Hop card will allow you to manage your account online or using the smartphone app.
There are many ways to register your Hop card:
- By calling 1-844-MYHOPCARD (1-844-694-6722) 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. every day
- On the Hop Fastpass smartphone app: myhopcard.com/app
- At the TriMet Ticket Office: 701 SW 6th Ave., Portland OR 97204, 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Monday–Friday
- On the internet at myhopcard.com
If you have access to the internet and a personal email address, you can add funds and register your Hop card online. When registering your card, you will be required to use a Personal Identification Number (PIN). These tips will help keep your PIN secure:
- Memorize your PIN
- Do not write it on your card
- Do not share your PIN over the phone or internet
Setting up auto-load
If you register your Hop card, you will have the option to turn on Auto-Load, which automatically loads money from your debit or credit card onto your Hop card when your balance gets low. Or, you can add one-time funds to your card anytime you like.
Your account balance is protected, whether or not you’ve registered your card. So if your Hop card is lost or stolen, you can transfer your balance to a new card. Be sure to report a lost card immediately by calling 1-844-MYHOPCARD (1-844-694-6722) or at myhopcard.com.
Transferring funds from an Honored Citizen Hop card to a LIFT Hop card
If you have been using an Honored Citizen Hop card for your trips on TriMet fixed-route buses, MAX Light Rail, Portland Streetcar, or C-TRAN, it’s easy to transfer the funds from one card to your LIFT Hop card. You only need one Hop card. The LIFT Hop card can be used for all of your TriMet travel needs. You can transfer your balance in the following ways:
- Call Hop Customer Support at 1-844-MYHOPCARD (1-844-694-6722) 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. every day
- Stop by the TriMet Ticket Office, 701 SW 6th Ave., Portland, OR 97204, 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Monday–Friday
Putting money on your card
There are many ways to add money to your Hop card:
- Call 1-844-MYHOPCARD (1-844-694-6722)
- At the TriMet Ticket Office: 701 SW 6th Ave., Portland, OR 97204, 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Monday–Friday
- On the Hop Fastpass smartphone app: myhopcard.com/app. Registration is required.
- Online at myhopcard.com. Registration is required.
- At 500+ retail locations like Fred Meyer, Safeway, 7-Eleven and New Seasons (see the full list at myhopcard.com)
You must add a minimum of $5 on your card, except at the TriMet Ticket Office (no minimum). If you are using cash, you must reload at a retail location.
Checking your Hop card balance
There are many ways to check your balance:
- By calling 1-844-MYHOPCARD (1-844-694-6722)
- On the Hop Fastpass smartphone app: myhopcard.com/app
- Online at myhopcard.com
Earning passes with Hop
With Hop, you’ll earn monthly passes as you ride — meaning you get the savings of a pass without the upfront cost.
For trips on LIFT, you’ll earn a monthly pass after spending $74 in a month, and the rest of your trips that month will be free. For trips on buses and trains, you can earn a monthly pass after spending just $28 in Honored Citizen fares for non-LIFT trips. No matter what you’re riding, you’ll never pay more than $74 in a month.
If you’ve purchased any fares using cash, they will not count toward a pass.
Scheduling your trip
When you call to reserve your LIFT trip, the reservationist will ask you how you’d like to pay for your trip. If you are paying with Hop, tell your reservationist. You will still need to show your Hop card to your driver when you take your trip. It is your responsibility to have enough money on your card on the day of your trip to cover the fare.
If you do not have enough money on your Hop card to cover the fare for your trip, you will receive a No-Pay for the trip and LIFT’s No-Pay Policy will apply. If you have questions about the LIFT No-Pay Policy, please contact Customer Service at 503-962-8000, Option 2.
If you change your mind on the day of your trip and want to use a different fare type (such as cash, ticket or punch card), just let your driver know when you are picked up, so your Hop card will not be charged.
If you have questions about using your Hop card to pay your fare, your reservationist may be able to help. Otherwise, for questions about your account balance, registering your card, adding funds or replacing your card, call 1-844-MYHOPCARD (1-844-694-6722).
When you board the LIFT vehicle
Your Hop card serves as your identification card for LIFT service, so be sure to carry it with you on all LIFT trips. LIFT buses do not have Hop card readers on-board. As you board the LIFT vehicle, tell the operator that you are using Hop to pay for the trip and present your Hop card as proof of fare.
If you are transferring to a bus, train or streetcar within 2½ hours of boarding the LIFT bus, simply tap your LIFT Hop card on the validator of the vehicle you are boarding and you will not be charged for the transfer. If it is more than 2½ hours since you originally boarded the LIFT vehicle, your Hop card will be charged the Honored Citizen fare of $1.25 when you tap your Hop card on the bus, train or streetcar.
LIFT trips on Broadway Cab
If you plan to use the Hop card to pay your $2.50 LIFT fare for your cab trip, just let your reservationist know when you schedule your trip. Once your trip is completed on the cab, your Hop card account will be charged the $2.50 LIFT fare for the trip. It is your responsibility to ensure that your Hop card account has sufficient funds to cover the cost of your LIFT fare by the time you take your trip.
Note that Broadway Cab cannot accept payment on board. See the LIFT Rider’s Guide for a list of ways you can send in your fare after your trip if you plan to pay with cash, tickets or a punch card. Your Hop card balance will reflect trips completed by cab no later than the next business day.
Using your Hop card on the bus, train or streetcar
All LIFT riders are also eligible for reduced Honored Citizen fare on TriMet fixed-route buses, MAX, WES, and Portland Streetcar ($1.25 for a 2½-hour fare).
When boarding the bus or streetcar, simply hold your Hop card to the green Hop reader inside the vehicle. Readers are located on the right near the front window. If you are taking MAX or WES, tap the reader at the station before you board. The reader will play two chimes and a green will appear on the screen indicating your fare has been accepted.
If you do not have enough money on your card, a red X will appear on the screen and two negative “wonk” tones will sound.
Upon your initial tap, you will be charged $1.25 and your fare will be valid for 2½ hours. You will not be charged for any subsequent taps in that time. If you tap again to ride after your 2½-hour fare has expired, you will be charged another $1.25 and you will have earned a day pass — your rides will be free until 3:30 a.m.
Remember to tap every time you board or transfer — this is how your fare is validated. You will not necessarily be charged for a new fare
Your Hop card can only be used to pay your own fare as the LIFT-eligible rider. Any companions traveling with you who are not eligible for LIFT must pay their fare with cash or using another method listed in the LIFT Rider’s Guide.
If your companion is LIFT-eligible, they must use their own Hop card to book their trip.
Personal Care Attendant fares
If you are riding with a Personal Care Attendant (PCA), the PCA does not have to pay a fare on LIFT, fixed-route buses or trains. For non-LIFT trips, the “A” notation on your Hop card will allow your PCA to travel with you at no charge. You do not need the “A” notation on your LIFT Hop card to travel with a PCA on LIFT.
Fares for children
Children age six and under ride free with an accompanying adult. Children seven and older must pay the regular LIFT fare. LIFT fares for children must be paid with cash or using one of the approved methods listed in the LIFT Rider’s Guide.
Children that are LIFT-eligible can use a Hop card to book a trip, but if they are using Hop to pay their fare, they must book their trip separately.
All visitors using LIFT must pay their fare with cash or a ticket.
If your fare is provided by an employer, school or human service program
If you receive an Annual or Monthly pass from your school, employer, or a human service program, here are some things to keep in mind:
- The LIFT Hop card looks the same whether it has a pass loaded onto the card and/or funds have been added to the card.
- The Annual or Monthly pass is effective from the date purchased until the expiration date of the pass. For example, if your employer loads a monthly pass on your Hop card on the 15th of the month, you are responsible for any fares incurred prior to the 15th.
- Your trips must be booked with Hop as the fare type.
- You must present your Hop card to the vehicle operator for each trip you take on LIFT, and tap your card on the Hop reader if you’re taking a fixed-route bus or train.
Which Hop cards are valid on LIFT?
Hop cards purchased at retail stores are not valid on LIFT:
Example of valid LIFT Hop card:
Helpful phone numbers
To schedule or cancel a ride, or to find out the estimated time of arrival of your LIFT:
Reservations: 7 a.m.–6 p.m. every day
Customer Service: 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday–Friday
Dispatch: 24 hours, every day
Questions about LIFT eligibility
503-962-8200, TTY 7-1-1, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday–Friday
Questions or issues with Hop
1-844-MYHOPCARD (1-844-694-6722), TTY 7-1-1, 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. every day
American with Disabilities Act
For questions about TriMet’s Americans with Disabilities Act Reasonable Modification Process: 503-962-8200, TTY 7-1-1, Option 5 ADA Coordinator