Clackamas County gets a new bus line and quicker trips with TriMet’s spring service improvements

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Route change for Line 79-Clackamas/Oregon City and debut of new Line 31-Webster Rd coming Sunday, March 3

TriMet is improving and expanding bus service this spring, with a new line and a faster route in Clackamas County. Thanks to new state funding and a decade-long plan to boost service, we’re adding more buses, more trips and more options to connect our riders with jobs, schools, shopping, services and entertainment. Starting Sunday, March 3, we’re bringing a new bus line to Clackamas, Gladstone, and Oregon City with the addition of Line 31-Webster Rd. We’re also speeding up service between Clackamas Town Center Transit Center and Oregon City Transit Center by streamlining the route of Line 79-Clackamas/Oregon City. These improvements are among the highlights of our spring service increases. They support our commitment to roll out better and faster bus service throughout the region.

New options for communities in Clackamas County

Route improvement: Line 79-Clackamas/Oregon City

Every week, riders take more than 6,000 trips on Line 79. Now, we’re speeding up those trips with a more direct route between Clackamas and Oregon City. The streamlined drive will use 82nd Avenue, 82nd Drive, I-205 and Washington Street. Under normal traffic conditions, trips from one end of the line to the other will be 4-6 minutes faster. Line 79 will continue to operate seven days a week, with buses arriving about every 30 minutes. Weekday service is available between about 5:20 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. Weekend service begins at 8:15 a.m. and extends through 10:30 p.m.

New service: Line 31-Webster Rd

Line 31 will compliment Line 79 and bring new bus service to an area that’s been asking for it. The new line will travel between Clackamas Town Center and Oregon City with service to 82nd Avenue, Thiessen Road, Webster Road, Arlington Road and McLoughlin Boulevard. In Gladstone at Oatfield Road, Line 31 will follow the route formerly served by Line 79. Line 31 will offer service seven days a week, with buses arriving about every 30 minutes. On weekdays, service will be available between about 5:20 a.m. and 10:20 p.m. Saturday and Sunday service begins at 7:50 a.m. and extends to 10:10 p.m.

Buses every 15 minutes

Buses on lines 79 and 31 will arrive every 15 minutes for trips starting or ending at Clackamas Town Center and Oregon City Transit Center. That’s because we offset the schedules of the lines to give our riders more options and decrease wait times.

More spring service improvements

Just as lines 31 and 79 will bring new mobility options to Clackamas County, we are also improving bus service in North, Northeast, Northwest and Southwest Portland with the highly-anticipated extension of Line 24-Fremont. The new Line 24-Fremont/NW 18th will be TriMet’s first to cross the Fremont Bridge. It will offer a quick, reliable link between Portland’s east and west sides, connecting with MAX Blue and Red lines at Providence Park in Southwest Portland. Riders can check trimet.org/planner to see if their trips will change. Be sure to change the date to March 3 or later to get updated schedule information.

Expanding service throughout the region

TriMet is continuing to expand service throughout the region under HB 2017, the Keep Oregon Moving law, as well as an incremental increase in the employer payroll tax, approved by TriMet’s Board of Directors in 2015. These improvements are part of TriMet’s 10-year plan to provide more and better bus service across our tri-county service district. The increases we’re rolling out this spring come on the heels of the largest-ever single bus service expansion in our history, and we’re already making plans for more. See what’s in store for fall 2019 and beyond at trimet.org/plan.