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TriMet seek input on Fareless Square changes


TriMet is seeking input on changes to Fareless Square. Instituted over 30 years ago to reduce carbon monoxide levels in the Central City, Fareless Square provides a high level of transit access and mobility to downtown residents, workers and visitors.

TriMet faces challenges with Fareless Square, including lost revenue, fare evasion and security concerns. (The City of Portland does pay TriMet $300,000 as part of the Fareless Square agreement).


  There are four options being considered:

  -Do nothing

  -Limit Fareless Square to only MAX and Streetcar

  -Institute a $1 Central City fare

  -Reducing Lloyd Center Fareless boundries


Portland's Transit Mall in the 1970's, photo courtesy of TriMet

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March 16, 2009 at 4:29 PM

For me I buy a monthly pass so a fare increases would not be a problem as long as they don’t raise my monthly fee.

One dollar doesn't sound too bad for riding back and forth to shopping or lunch for those that don't by a pass. Something like that would help keep the buses and trains clear of people who ride around within Fairless Square for something to do during the day. I feel sorry for the homeless but I don’t think we need to provide moving heated seats for them. Plus I nearly every ride I take in downtown Portland has at least one person asking for money walking thru the train.



March 16, 2009 at 7:19 PM

In a time when we need to maintain routes for people trying to save $$ and find jobs - it is important to keep all the current routes. One way to assist in this is to introduce the $1.00 fare downtown; thus increasing revenue from all those who board downtown and never pay a fare. I am all for a reasonable downtown fare.


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