PORTLAND, Ore. - A new app for buying TriMet tickets might just save folks a lot of frustration and plenty of people want to help test it out.
At least 1,000 people have already applied to be a beta tester for the free app that will be available on iPhone and Android devices this summer. TriMet has had such a big response that they will be ending the application process this Sunday at 5 p.m. They'll be choosing about 150 beta testers to try out the app.
"People have been telling us to please come up with something mobile that they can use on their smartphones," said TriMet spokesperson Roberta Altstadt.
The app will allow you to purchase an e-ticket right on your phone and then simply show the ticket on your cell phone screen to a bus driver or fare inspector on a MAX train.
If you think that might make it easy for some folks to cheat the system, there are some measures in place to thwart any counterfeit attempts.
The e-tickets will have moving and changing features and a QR code that inspectors can scan.
Also, the time and date will flash for at least a minute after you buy it - which means you won't be able to buy one real quick if you see an inspector come on board because they'll more than likely see the flashing and know you just purchased it. Riders are required to buy a ticket before boarding.
TriMet is looking for a variety of beta testers and not just someone who rides the bus all the time. They also want people who ride maybe once a week or who take the MAX - young or old, tech smart or not.
You'll need to be willing to buy TriMet tickets with your own card, provide timely and relevant feedback and be willing to be contacted about focus group participation. There will also be up to two surveys to complete