Convention Goers to Get Free Transit in Portland

An agreement between Portland’s city council and its TriMet regional transit system has resulted in free public transportation for convention attendees, Portland’s elected regional government — Metro — reported this month.

“It’s a wonderful marketing tool for us,” says Teri Dresler, director of Metro’s visitor venues, including the Oregon Convention Center. “It allows free transportation for folks in both an economical and environmentally sound way, because they’d otherwise be hiring shuttle buses to drive them back and forth across town.”

The agreement between Metro and TriMet provides $386,000 per year that will be dedicated to complimentary transit fare for attendees of citywide conventions at the Oregon Convention Center in downtown Portland. Fares will be distributed by the city’s convention and visitors bureau, Travel Portland, in the form of transit passes, which will be handed out to attendees at registration.

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