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:
-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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