TriMet to propose eliminating fare zones

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sickout 3The Oregonian reports that TriMet is indeed nearing a staff recommendation to eliminate fare zones and replace them with a flat $2.50 fare.

It’s not entirely clear, though, whether they think you should need to buy a daypass for $5 in order to transfer to a second vehicle. In this scenario free transfers would be eliminated; As we’ve been reporting, this would be a massive change to the system, especially for folks who use TriMet for more than just the daily back-and-forth work commute. Admirably, the O’s Joe Rose has tracked down the documents that move this proposal into broad public debate as soon as possible.

(An earlier version of this post said TriMet was proposing eliminating free transfers. See the comments for some discussion of this issue.)

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