Get help with your transportation costs
Introducing TriMet’s reduced fare for low-income riders
You may be able to ride TriMet for less. Riders with qualifying incomes are eligible for half-price fares.
You need to be 18 to 64 years old, an Oregon resident, making less than double the federal poverty level and not already using Honored Citizen fares to qualify.
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 $1.25 for a single ride, $2.50 for a day pass or $28 for a month pass. That's 50% to 72% less than Adult fare.
Verify your income
We need to know how much you or your household earns. You have two options for verifying your income:
If you’re a member of one of the following programs, you’re automatically eligible:
You’ll need to provide documents that verify your participation.
If your gross income (before taxes) is below the amount shown in the following table, you’re eligible:
You’ll need to provide a valid document that verifies your income. These are the documents we accept:
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:
Please bring one of the following forms of ID:
If the address on your ID is not where you currently live, bring a piece of mail addressed to your current residence.
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.