Last month, we reported on a significant annoyance around TriMet’s Sept. 1 elimination of fare zones: 1-zone and 2-zone tickets you buy at the grocery store today won’t be valid fare after Aug. 31.
Today, TriMet announced some good news: In addition to allowing old 1-zone or 2-zone tickets to be traded in for credit toward a book of new go-anywhere tickets at TriMet’s downtown Portland ticket office, the transit agency will allow you to upgrade your ticket on the bus. The cost will be 40 cents per upgrade.
That’s good news for suburban riders and other folks who can’t get downtown during banker’s hours. (And it’s exactly what Portland Afoot reader Max predicted.)
All-zone tickets, which today sell for $2.40, will still be valid after Sept. 1, when their value will rise to $2.50. Stock up!
Also, starting Wednesday, Aug. 1, you can upgrade a 1-Zone or 2-Zone tickets to All Zones at the TriMet ticket office at Pioneer Courthouse Square. It costs 35 cents to upgrade a 1-Zone ticket and 30 cents to upgrade a 2-Zone ticket.
Here’s TriMet’s complete guide to its historic Sept. 1 fare overhaul.