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by Andrew Hillard
Ending Transit Welfare as We Know It
While some history lectures put people to sleep, TriMet’s past should wake you up.
In 1971, TriMet was subsidized $38 for every Tri-County citizen. Since then, this figure has increased sixfold. In 2009, TriMet received $231 per resident.
Not surprisingly, as subsidies go up, TriMet’s fare revenues have gone down. Last year, customer ticket sales only accounted for 17.8% of TriMet’s operating expenses.