Curbside: A collection of views from people on the streets

Subject: Trimet Fare Increases

On Sept. 1, Trimet increased fare for Zone 2 and All Zone tickets by five cents. A ride on bus, MAX, WES or Streetcar with a two-hour transfer now costs $2.10 and $2.40, respectively. Along with these increased fare prices, Trimet has increased tickets for up to $175 for fare violators. So Street Roots posed the question: How have the increased Trimet fares affected you personally?

“Considering they haven’t made any changes in Trimet as far as scheduling and things like that, I think it’s a bunch of garbage.” — Tim

“I think the prices are reasonable but I think it’s unreasonable when say, you’ve got to run from a long distance going to another distance and your transfer expires when you get to your destination. Perfect example: You go to Clackamas, you’ve got to get all the way to Clackamas and your transfer is expired, they write you a ticket and I don’t think that’s fair. I think they should extend the time-frame on those tickets, instead of like two hours, extend it to at least three-and-a-half hours depending on where you’re coming from.” —Texas

“They have made it a lot harder to ride the bus and the MAX. I can’t afford the fine.” — Russell

“I want to see a hugely discounted or free pass for low-income people.” —  Amy

“I use Trimet very rarely. I expect there will be a bunch of people ticked off about it, but what are they going to do? Say no to it? Then how are they going to get the services that they need? You can always expect the fares to go up. Always.” —  Saul

“I don’t pay fare. I just stay in fareless square. — Justin

“Everything is within the free-zone for me on the train, so me, personally I’m not suffering it. I imagine for people on fixed incomes, any time they add another tax it’s just — why not a break? Why not 50 cents less? When they raised it (fares) last year, that’s kind of when they lost me. It seems to be a constant thing. It just seems to always go up; it gets tiring. We’re all struggling. With what I could end up paying a year for riding Trimet, I could almost afford to feed a horse and go back to riding horses. I think it would be great if we all did!”  — Raymond

—  Compiled by Cole Merkel

5 responses to “Curbside: A collection of views from people on the streets

  1. I have ditched TriMet. I have a bicycle that runs nicely. Look up for directions on Google Maps: For most of eastside, the time it takes to travel by bike actually is less than the trip time estimate for TriMet, taking into consideration wait time and transfers.

  2. One way that Trimet could increase revenue without raising fares is to enforce the fares that already exist on the MAX. While daily commuting from N Portland to downtown over an 8 month period between 2010-2011 guess how many times I was asked to prove my fare? How about 0 times! That’s right, not at all. It made me feel like a sucker for having actually paid.

  3. Sarah, many of the people who are transit-dependent are not physically able to ride a bicycle anywhere — let alone the longer trips. It can take longer than two hours to get to your destination, especially if you have a long wait at your transfer point or you need to transfer more than once. A longer time limit on the transfers is needed.

  4. Many of the individuals who are transit-dependent are not physically able to ride a bicycle instead. A longer time limit is needed on transfers because it can take longer than two hours to get to your destination, especially if you are not traveling during rush hour, you have a long wait for your transfer, or you need to make more than one transfer.

  5. Tri-met has to offer a service that can be sold. They have to sell transfers, and to offer a window of time that is about an hour is not going to make any sales. Not as much as a larger window of time. Allowing for a trip to, and a trip back on one transfer, makes people think….hey, I’ll buy a transfer or bus ticket. Otherwise, people choose to put off their pet projects and less necessary travels. They will only do what is absolutely necessary and then they will stack their errands and travels into one or maybe two days of travel on the city buses. So Tri-met has made a stupid economic move by making the trip undesirable, even to the very poor.

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