Case Study: Portland
Rhyan Schaub, Director of Revenue Operations & Electronic Fares for TriMet states, Fare capping introduces an equity-based incentive to frequent transit use. It eliminates the upfront and burdensome cost of purchasing day and month passes, replacing it with smart, hassle-free, pay-as-you-go infrastructure.”
The Portland-Vancouver Metro Area offers region-wide service by bus, light rail and streetcar. The services are offered through a multi-agency, two-state partnership between TriMet, the Portland Streetcar and neighboring Clark County Public Transit Benefit Area Authority (C-TRAN) in Vancouver, Washington.
A single regional bus trip on TriMet costs $2.50, while a day pass costs $5.00. After accruing the equivalent of a day pass, the fare is capped at $5.00. Adult passengers paying for two trips in a day will not pay for the third or subsequent trip no matter how many times they ride. The same is true for the cost of a monthly pass.