TriMet and our partners rally the region to “Get on Board” for transit

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Hundreds of thousands of riders showed their support for transit today by taking a TriMet bus or train and many turned out for a national celebration of transit event in Pioneer Courthouse Square

TriMet General Manager Doug Kelsey, Portland Transportation Commissioner Chloe Eudaly and U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer after speaking to supporters at Pioneer Courthouse Square

The sun shined, music played and lines started forming early for TriMet’s celebration of Get on Board Day in Pioneer Courthouse Square. The first-ever Get on Board Day is a new, national day to generate awareness of and support for public transit. To celebrate, TriMet threw a party, but first, we showed our appreciation for the partnerships that help us keep the region moving.

“Together, we’re finding innovative ways to connect people with jobs and opportunity while easing traffic congestion, reducing air pollution and making the Portland metro area a better place to live,” said TriMet General Manager, Doug Kelsey, as he got the party started.

Lines formed early for giveaways, refreshments and entertainment at the Get on Board Day celebration in Pioneer Courthouse Square

Our partners are on board

With the strong support of our partners, TriMet is bringing faster, more reliable transit service to the region. From working with the City of Portland to speed up buses; to planning the next MAX line; to bringing faster, high-capacity bus service to Portland east side, it’s work that requires collaboration at the local, state and national levels.

With the help of U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer and Oregon’s congressional delegation, TriMet recently secured $86.4 million from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for the Division Transit Project.

“TriMet is always looking forward. I love the notion that we’re going to be able to deal with the Division corridor, to upgrade bus service; we’re looking at the Southwest Corridor; we’re looking at potential expansion to Streetcar,” said Rep. Blumenauer. “These all are the elements that make this community livable.”

For the thousands of people who commute to jobs and schools across Portland each day, gridlock affects quality of life. TriMet and the City of Portland are making improvements that get everyone moving – whether you’re on a bus or MAX train, in your car, on a bike, scooter or on foot.

“Starting this year, we are introducing bus priority lanes on key routes that lead to the Hawthorne Bridge, the Burnside Bridge, and the Steel Bridge,” said Transportation Commissioner Chloe Eudaly. “When buses move through downtown faster, it doesn’t just help downtown Portland – it helps our entire transportation system run smoothly.”

TriMet Riders’ Club staff hands out free t-shirts to supporters during Get on Board Day event in Pioneer Courthouse Square

Our riders are on board

Every day, nearly 310,000 times a day, trips are taken on TriMet that connect people with a job, their education, important appointments and unforgettable events. Eighty-six percent of TriMet’s riders either have a car and choose not to drive or choose not to own a car. They’re on board because:

They don’t like traffic!

Thanks to TriMet, there are 210,000 fewer car trips taken throughout the metro area daily. (Just imagine if all of those cars were on the road!)

They benefit from a strong local economy!

Some $20 billion in development has sprung up along the five MAX lines that stretch from Hillsboro to Gresham and North Portland to Milwaukie and Clackamas.

They save on their transportation costs!

With a Hop Fastpass® card, Adult riders who use Hop will never pay more than $100/month to use our transit system. We also have a reduced fare for low-income riders that caps costs at just $28/month!

They find better ways to use their time while commuting!

When you’re riding transit, you can text, talk, listen or watch and let our professionals do the driving! It’s safer than driving your own car.

It’s easy to use!

Just go to trimet.org, type in your starting and ending locations and you’ll get three options, so you can choose the trip that’s best for you!

“If you’re a regular rider – thank you,” said Kelsey. “If you don’t ride – or maybe haven’t in a while – give transit a try!”

TriMet has been keeping the Portland metro region moving for nearly 50 years. With help from the Keep Oregon Moving Act, TriMet is continuing the largest expansion of bus service in our history,  with better connections across the region, and more to come. Get on board!