Despite their ongoing financial issues (which the agency claims are due to rich bus drivers and maintenance workers, and has nothing whatsoever to do with the rail-centric managers), the former transit agency (now a development agency) wants to spend $20 to $30 million on implementing a "paperless ticketing" system. This, they note, would position TriMet as a leader among "transit agencies".
It's all part of the costs associated with maintaining the myth that Porkland is on the cutting edge of green, sustainable societal evolution. Despite opposition, the Agency plans to implement the technology this summer, with full deployment timed to coincide with the grand opening of their new 7.3 - mile light rail line to nowhere; slated for September 2015.
All aboard - whether you want to or not!