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Fareless Square Changes Proposed

Following up their earlier announcement of possible fareless square changes, trimet has announced it's official proposal to limit the fare-free zone to MAX and Streetcar.
Official Site Announcement here:  http://www.trimet.org/news/farelessrail.htm

Initially prompted by incidents of violence on an eastside transit stop 2 years ago, trimet has been evaluating changes to the downtown fare-free zone.

How their proposed changes are supposed to clear up non-downtown, non-fareless square violence is unclear, though their current stated motivation for the change is to create "more efficient bus operations" in the downtown core".

Trimet provides 2 opportunities for public feedback on Monday July 13th:

Monday, July 13, 2009
Open House: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Public Hearing: Noon-2 p.m.
Liberty Northwest Center, Auditorium, Lower Level
650 NE Holladay St.
Portland, OR 97232

Monday, July 13, 2009
Open House: 4-7 p.m.
Public Hearing: 5-7 p.m.
City of Portland Building
Conf, Room C and Auditorium, 2nd Floor