TriMet expands bus service on seven bus lines, effective March 6

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Changes include adding more service, improving the ride on busy lines

TriMet will expand bus service on seven lines beginning Sunday, March 6, as part of its new spring schedule. It’s the fourth year in a row TriMet has added service, with a focus to connect riders to jobs, educational opportunities, community services and recreation.

The changes include adding earlier and later trips to help riders connect to work shifts, decrease wait times, reduce crowding on our most popular lines and improve reliability by adjusting schedules to better match traffic conditions.

Line 72 (hybrid) in service

Line 72-Killingsworth/82nd Ave will add more early-morning trips to better connect with work shifts.

More bus service

The following bus lines will have additional service effective March 6:

  • 12-Barbur/Sandy Blvd: Add early morning and late-night weekday trips between Downtown Portland and Tigard to better connect with work shifts.
  • 57-TV Hwy/Forest Grove: Add an early-morning trip to Forest Grove and a late-night trip to Beaverton Transit Center.
  • 72-Killingsworth/82nd Ave: Add an early-morning weekday trip from Clackamas Transit Center and an early-morning trip from Swan Island to better connect with work shifts.
  • 75-Cesar Chavez/Lombard: Extend all weekday trips to Milwaukie.
  • 76-Beaverton/Tualatin: Add earlier and later Sunday trips.
  • 78-Beaverton/Lake Oswego: Add later Saturday trips as well as earlier and later Sunday trips.
  • 87-Airport Way/181st: Add weekday midday trips between Gateway Transit Center and Powell Blvd/182nd

In addition to these changes, Line 83-Washington Park Loop service will be discontinued. However, Line 63-Washington Park/Arlington Hts, which follows a similar route, will continue to serve riders. The Washington Park Transportation Management Association also will provide free shuttles through the park during summer.

We’ve already integrated our new spring schedule into our Trip Planner which has information on travel and walk times, transfers and cost. Visit trimet.org for complete transit information and to check TransitTracker for the next arrivals.

Future service expansion

When looking at expanding service and the future of transit, our first priority is to maximize the benefit to riders, especially those who are connecting to jobs, educational opportunities, community services and other activities. This means service that begins earlier in the day and runs later into the evening, ensuring that where jobs grow, so does our service.

The service expansions are based on our comprehensive Service Enhancement Plans (SEPs) we developed with key stakeholders, businesses, residents and riders over the past four years. TriMet’s new stream of revenue from last year’s passage of an increase in the payroll tax, will lead to new or improved service twice per year—in September and March—for the next 10 years. The 10-year phase in of the new tax revenue will fund about one-third of the SEPs, as they are 20-year visions for the future of transit.

New buses

We’re also improving reliability, safety and comfort for our riders by purchasing new buses. As part of our ongoing bus-replacement program, we’re adding 77 new diesel-powered buses—the 3500 series—10 of which were put into service last week. All 77 buses will be on the streets before summer. We also plan to acquire 50 more in FY2017, 57 in FY2018 and 70 in FY2019.