TriMet has changes coming in September

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Sunday schedules on Labor Day, Sept. 2; New fall service schedule kick-off; and Mobile ticketing app to launch Sept. 4

On Monday, Sept. 2, 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.

As it does every year, the Labor Day holiday comes as TriMet’s new fall service schedule goes into effect. This year bus riders will see $2.1 million in minor improvements and a new bus line. With this year’s fall service change, 21 bus lines will see adjustments made to schedules, routes and/or stops beginning Sunday, Sept. 1.

The changes, including the addition of a bus line between Sherwood and Tigard, will help relieve overcrowding and improve schedule reliability. Two bus lines – Line 17-Holgate/Broadway and Line 70-12th/NE 33rd Ave – return to their regular route northbound over SE Powell Boulevard after being detoured for more than a year as a new overpass over Powell was constructed  as part of the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project.

Here’s a list of all 21 bus lines that will be enhanced. For full details go to trimet.org/servicechanges:

  • 4-Division/Fessenden
  • 6-Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
  • 9-Powell Blvd
  • 12-Barbur/Sandy Blvd
  • 17-Holgate/Broadway
  • 18-Hillside
  • 21-Sandy Blvd/223rd
  • 36-South Shore
  • 37-Lake Grove
  • 47-Baseline/Evergreen
  • 48-Cornell
  • 50-Cedar Mill
  • 61-Marquam Hill/Beaverton
  • 62-Murray
  • 63-Washington Park/Arlington Hts
  • 70-12th/NE 33rd Ave
  • 83-Washington Park Loop
  • 84-Powell Valley/Orient Dr
  • 87-Airport Way/181st
  • 93-Tigard/Sherwood
  • 94-Pacific Hwy/Sherwood

Adjustments to schedules and routes can make riding TriMet easier. In September 2012, as part of a cost-saving effort, TriMet streamlined some bus routes. These minor adjustments improved service frequency to some underserved areas, as well as providing a simpler route that was easier to understand. In 2012, ridership jumped between 29 to 39 percent based on these changes. For more on upcoming changes or past improvements visit the TriMet News Feed site at news.trimet.org.

September 4: Free mobile ticketing app launch
TriMet is preparing to launch its innovative, free mobile ticketing app that will make buying and using tickets easier and more convenient than ever. On Wednesday, September 4, TriMet will become the first transit agency in the nation to use a mobile ticketing app for all modes, bus and rail.

The free smartphone app will make riding TriMet that much easier. Riders will be able to conveniently and simply buy and use tickets on your Android or iPhone for use on buses, MAX trains, WES Commuter Rail and the Portland Streetcar.

The agency is committed to improving the rider experience, which TriMet Tickets app will do by simplifying fare purchases and moving us a major step forward toward an electronic fare system that will bring even more benefits for our customers. Visit news.trimet.org for more on mobile ticketing and electronic fares.

Plan ahead
TriMet’s online trip planning tool, TransitTracker, maps and schedules make it easy to plan a trip, with information on travel and walk times, transfers and cost. Visit trimet.org, m.trimet.org for smartphones.