Low-income Portlanders seeking free TriMet tickets and passes should soon know where to look: More than 40 nonprofits have applied for a transit-agency program giving them fares at a 20 percent discount.
As previously reported by WW, the $1 million program is a last-minute response to public outcry at a TriMet fare hike coupled with abolishing the Free Rail Zone. Both those changes go into effect Sept. 1.
The nonprofits were given a two-week window to apply for tickets and passes before an Aug. 24 deadline.
"It’s possible for more nonprofits to get involved since it’s a rolling deadline," says TriMet spokeswoman Mary Fetsch. "We will also be extending invitations to government agencies to participate."
The full list of agencies applying for the reduced fares is below.
Black Parent Initiative
Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare, Inc.
Central City Concern
Centro Cultural of Washington County
Clackamas Women's Services
Community Pathways, Inc
IRCO (Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization)
Janus Youth Programs
Mercy Corps NW
NAYA (Native American Youth and Family Center)
North Clackamas Education Foundation
Northwest Family Services
Northwest Housing Alternatives
Northwest Pilot Project, Inc.
Oregon Human Development Corporation
Pathfinders of Oregon
Portland Youth Builders
Raphael House of Portland
Saint André Bessette Catholic Church
Self Enhancement, Inc.
The Giving Tree
The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army Veterans Family Center
Transition Projects, Inc.
Social Services of Clackamas County
Open Door Counseling Center
New Avenues for Youth
YWCA of Greater Portland
Domestic Violence Resource Center, Inc.
DePaul Treatment Centers, Inc.