#HereForPortland: Wheeler, TriMet encourage ‘eat, play and shop local’

Multnomah County

TriMet suspending fares this holiday weekend

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — This holiday weekend, TriMet and Portland Streetcar will suspend their fares to encourage everyone to “eat, play and shop local” in Portland.

Mayor Ted Wheeler showed his support for the initiative during a press conference on Wednesday. The move is part of the city’s “Here for Portland” campaign.

“It’s the perfect time to get out and explore what our fantastic city has to offer, that includes delicious local food, tasty beverages, unique shops and fun events,” Wheeler said. “Portland businesses are ready to welcome people back after 16 long months of pandemic restrictions.”

TriMet General Manager Sam Desue said riding public transportation is a great way to show support for the reopening of the city.

“We are excited to say that every seat can be filled,” Desue said.

Venture Portland Executive Director Joy Church and other business district leaders also spoke.

The Here for Portland campaign was announced in January and was described as a “special initiative that calls on all Portlanders to help the Rose City bounce back from the unprecedented economic and pandemic setbacks of 2020.”

The hashtag #HereForPortland is associated with the campaign.

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