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Tri Met Making Fee Changes
Portland's regional mass transit agency plans to increase fares by as much as 19 percent and eliminate its free-rail zone in an effort to close a budget deficit.
TriMet projects a budget shortfall of between $12 million and
$17 million, pending the outcome of contract talks with workers.
The agency's budget proposal released Wednesday ends free
light-rail trips through downtown Portland. The zone - formerly
known as "fareless square" - has been a staple of the
mass-transit system since it was adopted in the 1970s to fight air
The budget would also cut bus service on some lines and boost
ticket prices to $2.50 for rides on buses, trains and streetcars.
They are currently either $2.10 or $2.40, depending on the
distance of the trip.