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 InitiativeBradley AngleCascadia Behavioral Healthcare, Inc.Catholic CharitiesCentral City ConcernCentro Cultural of Washington CountyClackamas Women's ServicesCommunity ActionCommunity Pathways, IncFolktime, Inc.IRCO (Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization)Janus Youth ProgramsJOINLatino NetworkLifeworks NWMercy Corps NWNAYA (Native American Youth and Family Center)North Clackamas Education FoundationNorthwest Family ServicesNorthwest Housing AlternativesNorthwest Pilot Project, Inc.Oregon Human Development CorporationPathfinders of OregonPortland Youth BuildersPWCLRaphael House of PortlandSaint AndrÃ© Bessette Catholic ChurchSE WorksSelf Enhancement, Inc.Street RootsThe Giving TreeThe Salvation ArmyThe Salvation Army Veterans Family CenterTransition Projects, Inc.Social Services of Clackamas CountyOpen Door Counseling CenterNew Avenues for YouthYWCA of Greater PortlandImpact NWDomestic Violence Resource Center, Inc.Human SolutionsOutside InDePaul Treatment Centers, Inc.