Partnership between TriMet, Portland Bureau of Transportation speeds up buses in Northeast Portland

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Delays on TriMet bus lines 8 and 24 dropped nearly 50 percent with PBOT’s addition of left turn lanes at Northeast 15th Avenue and Northeast Fremont Street

TriMet and the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) are working together to speed up bus trips. Last December, PBOT added left turn lanes at the intersection of Northeast 15th Avenue and Northeast Fremont Street. The result is a faster, more reliable ride on Line 8-Jackson Park/NE 15th and Line 24-Fremont/NW 18th. When buses can move past traffic congestion, riders can depend on our service to get them where they need to go safely, conveniently and best of all, on time.   

Faster bus trips – by the numbers

Line 8-Jackson Park/NE 15th

  • Delays reduced by up to 28% all day
  • Delays reduced by up to 48% during rush hour

Line 24-Fremont/NW 18th

  • Delays reduced by up to 28% all day
  • Delays reduced by up to 49% during rush hour

About Line 8-Jackson Park/NE 15th

Line 8 connects Marquam Hill, Portland City Center, Old Town/Chinatown, Union Station, the Rose Quarter and Lloyd Center to Northeast Portland. More than 6,000 rides are taken on the line each day. As one of TriMet’s Frequent Service lines, Line 8 buses arrive every 15 minutes or better most of the day, every day.

About Line 24-Fremont/NW 18th

Line 24 connects Gateway Transit Center and Legacy Emanuel Hospital to Providence Park and MAX Blue and Red lines. TriMet extended the line in March to cross the Fremont Bridge, creating a fast, new connection between Northeast and Northwest Portland. We also increased weekday service and added new service on weekends.

Partnerships bring results

TriMet thanks our partner agencies for helping us give our riders quicker trips across the region. We rely on their help to make improvements since our buses travel on roads owned and maintained by cities, counties or the state. Since September 2017, PBOT has completed 10 small and relatively inexpensive improvements to lanes and intersections that have reduced bus delays caused by traffic congestion. Combined, they improved reliability and performance on 14 bus lines, reducing traffic-related delays by as much as 61 percent.

Earlier this month, PBOT completed the first of 18 Central City in Motion projects, also designed to speed up transit. By creating a new bus and bike only lane on Southwest Madison Street between 1st and 4th avenues, TriMet buses on lines 2, 6, 10, 14 and 30 can easily move past eastbound auto traffic during the evening rush. Central City in Motion is PBOT’s multi-million dollar plan to improve transportation for all modes of travel through Portland’s downtown core.

Transit makes our community better

When it comes to reducing traffic congestion, TriMet is part of the solution. A single bus can take more than 60 cars off the road. When you ride transit instead of driving a car, you also help reduce air pollution. As a result, we live in a cleaner environment with more vibrant and livable communities. With PBOT’s support to help keep buses moving past traffic congestion, we make transit a more attractive option for safe, reliable transportation throughout our region. Plan your next trip at trimet.org/planner.