Portland’s TriMet expands electronic fare offerings with smartphone option

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PORTLAND, Ore. — Whether Portland commuters are using the agency’s electronic Hop Card or their smartphones, there are plenty of ways for customers to hop onboard the TriMet rail system using a new electronic fare system.

In addition to unveiling its Hop Fastpass electronic system earlier this year, passengers can now use a smartphone and a mobile wallet app synced to a credit or debit card. Systems such as Apple Pay, Android Pay, or Samsung Pay are now compatible with TriMet’s electronic system.

Hop cards can be used on MAX light rail, WEST commuter rail, the Portland Streetcar, and other TriMet services. Transfers between systems are seamless, according to the agency, stating that riders need only to tap their phone against hop readers located at boarding locations.

Once a phone is tapped for two, distinct trips within the same service day, riders automatically earn a day pass, and the rest of the day’s rides are free.

TriMet officials say phone taps can only be used to purchase adult fares.

Even with the expansion of electronic fare options, traditional ticketing methods will remain. Passengers will still be able to purchase fares from ticket vending machines and other locations. 

See the news release online.

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