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Introducing TriMet’s reduced fare for low-income riders

Low Income Honored Citizen Example Card

You may be able to ride TriMet for less. Riders with qualifying incomes are eligible for half-price fares.

We’re looking for riders to test our application process for our low-income fare. If we select you, you may be able to ride with our reduced fare before its official launch on July 2, 2018.

Apply for early access →

Who qualifies

To be eligible for our reduced fare for low-income riders, you need to be 18 or older, a resident of Oregon and have an annual income less than double the federal poverty level.

Over 65 or disabled? Learn about other reduced fare options.

How it works

Simply follow the steps below to apply. We’ll issue you a personalized Hop card that lets you ride buses, MAX, WES, Portland Streetcar and C-TRAN for 50% off a single ride or day pass, or 72% off a month pass.

1

Verify your income

We need to know how much you or your household earns. You have two options for verifying your income:

Option #1

If you’re a member of one of the following programs, you’re automatically eligible:

Eligible programs
  • Oregon Health Plan / Medicaid
  • SNAP: EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) Card
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Free & Reduced Price Lunch
  • HUD Housing Choice Voucher
  • LIHEAP (Home Energy Assistance)

You’ll need to provide documents that verify your participation.

Option #2

If your income is below the amount shown in the following table, you’re eligible:

Qualifying income per household
Household Size Maximum Monthly Income to Qualify Annual Income to Qualify
1 $2,023 $24,276
2 $2,743 $32,916
3 $3,463 $41,556
4 $4,183 $50,196
5 $4,903 $58,836
6 $5,623 $67,476
7 $6,343 $76,116
8 $7,063 $84,756

You’ll need to provide a valid document that verifies your income. These are the documents we accept:

Provide one of the following documents
  • Paystubs for the last 30 days (if you get a paycheck)
  • A letter from your employer, signed and dated, that states your gross income for the last 30 days (if you get paid in cash)
  • Employment Security paystub or letter (if you are receiving unemployment benefits)
  • Award letter for SSI, Social Security or Railroad Retirement
  • L & I statement (if you receive workers’ compensation)
  • Employment Security verification form (if you have no income)
  • A copy of your most recent tax return (income verification is based on the modified adjusted gross income on your most recent tax return: Form 1040 line 37, Form 1040 A line 21, Form 1040 EZ line 4, or completion of the self-employment worksheet)

2

Apply in person

Bring your income documentation and valid identification to one of our partner locations. They’ll walk you through the application process and give you a receipt.

You can apply at any of the following community partners during business hours:

Find a location near you

Check back on July 2, 2018 for a full list of locations.

Want to ride for less now? Apply for early access.

Please bring one of the following forms of ID:

Acceptable ID
  • Drivers license (any state or country)
  • Photo ID card (any state or country)
  • Passport (any state or country)
  • Armed services ID with photo
  • Photo ID card from any foreign consulate
  • Tribal ID
  • US Certificate of Citizenship / Naturalization Certificate (signature and photo)
  • Any form of photo ID issued by the government of any country

If the address on your ID is not where you currently live, bring a piece of mail addressed to your current residence.

3

Pick up your new Hop card

Bring your application receipt from Step 2 to the TriMet Ticket Office at Pioneer Courthouse Square. We’ll take your photo and give you your personalized Honored Citizen Hop card on the spot. You’re ready to ride at a reduced fare!

Load money on your card at the grocery store, over the phone, on our website or using our smartphone app. Then, simply tap your card every time you board a bus or train. There’s a Hop card reader at every MAX/WES station and on board the bus inside the door on your right. You’ll automatically be charged the reduced-fare rate. Learn more about Hop

Your card is good for two years, after which you’ll need to re-apply following the steps above. Replacement cards cost $3.

 

For more information

If you have questions about your eligibility or if you need more information, please contact us at transitassistance@trimet.org