Photo Credit: COURTESY UNIED STREETCAR - One of the American-made Portland Sttreetcars manufacturered by United Streetcar in Clackamas County.The price of an Annual Pass for the Portland Streetcar will increase from $200 to $250 on Sept. 1.

The increase is one of many steps that have increased fare revenue for Portland Streetcar from the $200,000 range three years ago to about $850,000 last fiscal year.

"Fare revenue has increased substantially over the last three years, and we predict it will continue going up," says Dan Bower, executive director of Portland Streetcar, Inc., the non-profit organization that operates the streetcar system.

According to Bower, when the streetcar system first began operating on the west side of town, it was hard to collect fares because most of the line was in the Fareless Square area. TriMet eliminated Fareless Square in 2012 as part of its effort to raise revenue during the Great Recession.

Other steps that have increased fare revenue include opening the eastside extension, putting ticket vending machines on platforms, and offering a mobile app for rides to buy tickets and passes, and steadily increasing the price of annual passes from $100 to $200.

"The new price comes out to just 68 cents a day, which is still a good deal," says Bower.

Bower says the biggest obstacle now is the fact that Portland Streetcar does not receive any revenue from riders who board with TriMet tickets and passes, which he says is approximately 60 percent of all passengers. That is expected to change when TriMet and Portland Streetcar both adopt electronic fare systems in coming years.

Annual Passes are good for unlimited rides on Portland Streetcar for one year and can be purchased at any time during the calendar year. Beginning Sept. 1, riders can buy them at Portland Streetcar’s new office and customer service outlet located at 1031 NW 11th Ave, online at, at several outlets around Portland including the TriMet ticket office and most large grocery stores, and through the Portland Streetcar Mobile App for iPhone and Android devices.

Portland Streetcar operates twelve trains daily at on 14.7 miles of track across the central city. During the most recent quarter (April-June, 2014), the streetcar served an average 18,535 riders per weekday, which would equal 5.6 million rides per year.

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