Holiday comes in the midst of fall service/fare/zone changes
On Monday, Sept. 3, TriMet will be adjusting service for the Labor Day holiday:
- Both MAX trains and buses will run on Sunday schedules.
- WES Commuter Rail will not run.
The Labor Day holiday comes as TriMet’s new fall service schedule goes into effect, which includes changes to 29 bus lines and the addition of two new lines. On bus lines that operate seven days a week, the new schedule and routing go into effect Sept. 2. The lines that only run on weekdays do not begin their new schedules until Tuesday, Sept. 4, the day after Labor Day.
The service changes include reconfiguring 17 routes to eliminate overlapping segments, modifying two routes to better serve specific areas, reducing low-ridership trips on eight lines and adding service to seven lines to help reduce overcrowding.
The changes, along with fare increases and the elimination of all zones, including the Free Rail Zone both go into effect Sept. 1, were decided during the Fiscal Year 2013 budget process. The extensive process, which lasted eight months and involved an unprecedented 16,000 public comments, helped the agency with a $12 million shortfall stemming from the slow economic recovery, potential cuts in federal operating funds and union contract issues.