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C-Tran’s reduced fares to stay for now

Transit agency instituted new pricing during pandemic to help ease burden on riders

By William Seekamp, Columbian staff writer
Published: December 15, 2022, 6:04am

C-Tran’s board of directors approved an extension of the transit agency’s reduced fares indefinitely Tuesday night, keeping local bus fares at $1 per ride, down from $1.80, and express fares at $2.50 per ride, down from $3.85, for adults.

“It makes our service more accessible for all of our riders, really,” said Eric Florip, C-Tran manager of communications, marketing and customer experience. “This is something we’re able to do, and it’s something we want to do to be able to give back to our riders in that way.”

The decision comes at a time when Portland’s public transportation service, TriMet, is considering raising fares for the first time in a decade, from $2.50 to $2.80 for the regular adult fare.

C-Tran can continue to keep its fares low because a majority of the agency’s revenue comes from local sales taxes, which have been higher than budgeted the past few years, Florip said.

The fare reduction was originally instituted in December 2021 to help ease the burden on those who relied on public transportation through the pandemic and those who came back to public transit in 2022.

“(The fare reduction) really does not impact our ability to keep the service we have out on the streets and even expand service in the coming years,” Florip said.

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