Joe Rose at the Oregonian is reporting that a TriMet fare task force
may will recommend doing away with zones, and prohibiting using transfers for return trips (transfers would only work in one direction).
While I’m a big proponent of keeping things simple, this proposal does not excite me. Beyond potential equity issues (I honestly don’t know if this is better or worse for transit-dependent folks, but OPAL is already objecting) which should get a very thorough analysis, I generally prefer some relationship between distances and fares. Tying trip cost to distance is important to encourage compact land use patterns.
I suspect this is just the beginning of what will be a very intense conversation this Spring.