TriMet rolls new bus lines into service with dual early morning ribbon-cuttings

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State lawmakers, local dignitaries and transportation advocates join in celebration of new bus lines and other transit service improvements

TriMet inaugurated its largest service expansion in years bright and early Monday morning, March 5, 2018 with simultaneous ribbon-cuttings around 6:30 a.m. on two new bus lines – Line 74-162nd Avenue on the east side and Line 42-Denney/Hall on the west side. Three new bus lines and other improvements to existing bus service and MAX Red Line schedules come in the third year of TriMet’s 10-year service expansion plan. The improvements reflect transit investments in Beaverton, East Portland, Gresham, Milwaukie, Tigard and Troutdale, and offer new opportunities to connect people with jobs, schools, services and other opportunities throughout the region.

Dual ceremonies celebrate new connections

State and local dignitaries and transportation advocates joined TriMet and members of the TriMet Board of Directors in celebration starting at 6:00 a.m.

Line 74-162nd Avenue

In East Portland, the gathering at the Rosewood Initiative Community Center occurred shortly before the first buses on the new Line 74 began to roll.

“This bus line is about connections,” said TriMet Interim General Manager Shelley Devine. “It is a reflection of TriMet’s commitment to the region, to provide more and better bus service, to invest in communities like East Portland and Gresham and to bring faster, more reliable service to areas where people need it most.”

Senator Rod Monroe, Representative Chris Gorsek, Metro Councilor Shirley Craddick and Rosewood Initiative Executive Director Jenny Glass joined Stovall and others to kick off the new service.

Line 74 runs north-south primarily along 162nd Avenue between SE Powell and NE Airport Way with transfers to nine other bus lines and the MAX Blue Line. It adds a Monday through Friday option for improved access to family-wage employment in the Columbia Corridor. It also helps people get to grocery stores, healthcare and various social services.

Line 42-Denney/Hall

In Tigard, at the Tigard Transit Center, dignitaries cut the ribbon just after the first Line 42 bus pulled into service.

“This line is an exciting step for transit growth in this area,” said TriMet Director for District 3, Dr. Linda Simmons. “Approximately one-third of those served by this line are people of color, and roughly the same percentage are considered low-income. This new bus line affords new opportunities for all.”

Representative Sheri Malstrom, Metro councilor Craig Dirksen, Washington County commissioner Dick Schouten and Tigard Chamber of Commerce CEO Debi Mollahan joined Dr. Simmons and others to celebrate the new line.

Line 42 runs between the Tigard and Beaverton Transit Centers with stops at the Washington Square

Transit Center. The route is an alternative to travel through Washington County’s busy Highway 217 corridor. It also provides new connections to TriMet bus lines, MAX Blue and Red lines, as well as WES commuter rail.

Spring 2018 improvements mark largest service expansion in years
In addition to the Line 42 and Line 74, TriMet’s spring 2018 service includes a third new line, Line 82-South Gresham for improved service in eastern Multnomah County, as well as route changes, added service and schedule adjustments for better transfers on a number of other lines. We also are expanding MAX Red Line service to Portland International Airport with trips later into the night and more service. For a complete list of changes, visit trimet.org/servicechanges.

Making Transit Better
These improvements are just some of the ways TriMet is making transit better. We continue to plan for the future, addressing transit needs along our region’s most congested corridors while reinvesting in our system by renovating MAX stations, replacing critical light rail infrastructure and purchasing new vehicles.