by Sarah J.F. Braley | October 07, 2013
Attendees to events at Portland's Oregon Convention Center now will have free access to the region's transit system. The agreement between Metro, the regional government of the Portland metropolitan area, and TriMet, the public transit authority, was solidified on Thursday. "It's a wonderful marketing tool for us," said Teri Dresler, director of Metro's visitor venues, including the convention center, in a statement. She added that the free transportation is both economical and environmentally sound, saving convention hosts from hiring as many shuttle buses to drive people around across the city. TriMet will receive about $386,000, adjusted annually for inflation, for transit fare for attendees of citywide conventions held at the Oregon Convention Center and booked by Travel Portland, the city's destination marketing organization. The passes will be distributed to attendees at registration.