His August 28th, 2014 article TriMet's $175 fine for being 'a nice guy' (and other lessons from summer reruns) contains the following passage:
Q: I buy a monthly TriMet pass from the vending machine and just need it to commute to work. So, when the last couple of days of the month fall on a weekend, I give it away to a stranger. Since I won't be using it, I figure I might as well be a nice and give it to some who can. If a fare inspector saw me doing that at a MAX station, could I get a ticket?However reading the actual code, specifically Chapter 19 and part 19.25(E), states that:
A: I commend your charitableness.
But TriMet code says fares are non-transferable, meaning it's a violation to hand off your ticket to someone else. So, in this case, being a mensch could conceivably result in you getting hit with a $175 ticket or an exclusion of up to 90 days.
Transfers are not transferable to another person.The code also states that LIFT passes are "non-transferable" but in no place says that passes for regular service my not be given to and used by another person. And part 19.25(H), implies that the prohibition only applies to 2-hour fares.
The only potential issues would be if the person was inspected upon getting off a train and had already given away their pass, if they gave it away on a platform that requires fare payment before entry, or if a code enforcer miss-applies the rules.