PORTLAND — TriMet has suspended its popular free ride service program for New Year’s Eve in light of pandemic health concerns.
C-Tran officials have also confirmed it will offer no free nor extended service this year.
In a recent email, Tyler Graf, public information officer, noted that with health experts urging people to avoid large gatherings this holiday season, the agency is aligning with that message and recommending people stay home and stay safe.
TriMet traditionally offers free rides from about 8 p.m. New Year’s Eve through end of service that night (as late as 3 a.m. New Year’s Day for some MAX lines). This year all riders will be required to have a paid fare through end of service.
“For those who may still travel on New Year’s Eve, rather than drinking and driving, TriMet and our partners urge them to get a ride,” Graf said. Service on most MAX lines will be extended on New Year’s Eve until about 3 a.m. Friday, Jan. 1, with fares required.