(VIDEO) Coming this March: New Frequent Service bus lines, faster trips, easier transfers and shorter waits

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Frequent Service upgrades to Line 20-Burnside/Stark and Line 76-Beaverton/Tualatin and faster MAX trips through Downtown Portland, among dozens of improvements that start Sunday, March 1

TriMet bus and train rides across the Portland metro area will get faster and more convenient, when we put our spring service improvements in place starting Sunday, March 1. We’re making it easier to catch the bus on our Line 20-Burnside/Stark and Line 76-Beaverton/Tualatin, as we add them to our Frequent Service network. We’re adjusting Line 78-Beaverton/Lake Oswego so that it serves more neighborhoods on the west side, with buses on weekends, plus earlier and later trips. For the first time in TriMet history, we’re consolidating MAX stations, for a faster ride through Downtown Portland. Several popular routes — Line 4-Fessenden, Line 17-Holgate/Broadway and Line 70-12th/NE 33rd — will get adjustments to speed up trips and avoid traffic congestion, plus we’re updating schedules on buses, trains to reduce wait times and improve transfers.

Two new Frequent Service bus lines

We’re growing our Frequent Service network to 23 lines, with routes that touch communities across our tri-county service district. Frequent Service buses and trains arrive every 15 minutes or more often most of the day, every day. We’re excited to add Line 20-Burnside/Stark and Line 76-Beaverton/Tualatin, starting Sunday, March 1, to give riders more options and make it more convenient to hop on board.

Line 20-Burnside/Stark – Serving 26.5 miles between Beaverton Transit Center and Gresham Transit Center, Line 20 is one of our longest and most popular bus routes. Starting March 1, riders can expect a bus every 15 minutes or more often between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekends. We’re also speeding up the schedule, thanks to a new bus-only lane that’s helping to keep riders moving across the Burnside Bridge during the evening rush. The line will continue to operate 24-hours a day.

Line 76-Beaverton/Tualatin – The addition of Frequent Service on Line 76-Beaverton/Tualatin answers a call for more buses to serve Washington County, between Beaverton, Washington Square and Tigard transit centers, Tualatin Park & Ride and Legacy Meridian Park Hospital. Line 76 riders will also see buses coming every 15 minutes or more often between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. on weekdays and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends.

An improved route and more service

We’re adjusting the route for Line 78-Beaverton/Lake Oswego. Starting Sunday, March 1, it will take over bus stops currently served by Line 42-Denney/Hall between Beaverton and Tigard transit centers. Even though this means phasing out a bus line, the change brings more service to the area. Line 78 offers earlier and later weekday trips, plus weekend and holiday bus service.

Faster MAX trips

In a move to speed up MAX Blue and Red line trips through Downtown Portland, we’re closing three less-used MAX stations. Starting Sunday, March 1, we will permanently close the Mall/SW 4th Ave Station on Yamhill Street and the Mall/SW 5th Ave Station on Morrison Street. We’re also closing the Kings Hill/SW Salmon MAX Station for a one-year trial. All three stations have convenient alternatives within one-to-three blocks.

Schedules on all MAX lines will adjust to make transfers easier between other MAX lines and buses, and to keep trains running on schedule.

Speeding up buses

We’re adjusting the routes of several popular bus lines to speed up buses and reduce travel times. Some schedules and bus stop locations will also change. Go to trimet.org to plan trips for March 1 and beyond.

Line 4-Fessenden – Buses will stay on N Lombard in both directions and no longer make the one-way loop on N Syracuse. This reduces the time it takes for trips through the area.

Line 17-Holgate/Broadway – Buses will stay on the Portland Transit Mall to avoid congestion on NW Broadway, help keep buses running on time and make transfers between other lines easier

Line 70-12th/NE 33rd Ave – Buses will stay on NE 11th in both directions and no longer make the one-way loop on NE 9th to save time. 

More buses, better transfers and shorter waits

Riders should go to trimet.org and check out the new schedules. If prior to  Sunday, March 1, just use the TriMet Trip Planner and adjust the date to March 1 or later. In addition to adding lines to our Frequent Service network, adjusting routes to speed up buses and provide more and better service and changes to MAX schedules, TriMet is making other improvements as well.  

We’re adding service with more trips on:

  • Line 35-Macadam/Greeley
  • Line 44-Capitol Hwy/Mocks Crest

Look for more buses running on the following lines to ease crowding and keep buses on schedule:

  • Line 14-Hawthorne
  • Line 15-Belmont/NW 23rd
  • Line 75- 39th Ave/Lombard

Check for adjusted schedules to make transfers easier, shorten wait times and keep buses on time on:

  • All MAX lines
  • Line 10-Harold
  • Line 11-Rivergate/Marine Dr
  • Line 31-Webster Rd
  • Line 33-McLoughlin/King Rd
  • Line 47-Main/Evergreen
  • Line 62-Murray Blvd
  • Line 79-Clackamas/Oregon City
  • Line 81-Kane/257th
  • Line 87-Airport Way/181st
  • Line 155-Sunnyside

Shared stops come to Beaverton Transit Center

Beaverton Transit Center is the busiest in our system, with nearly 112,000 trips on buses, MAX and WES making connections there each week. Now, with two more Frequent Service bus lines stopping at BTC and future service expansions already in the works, we’re making some changes to make way for more buses. Starting Sunday, March 1, we are consolidating the 10 bus stops at BTC, down to two shared stops. The stops will feature larger shelters and new, real-time transit tracker displays.

Making Transit Better

Under HB 2017, TriMet began the largest-ever bus service expansion in our region’s history. The Keep Oregon Moving Act includes millions of dollars in new funding to expand and improve service and make it more accessible. We’re working to bring you new and better connections to jobs, schools, appointments, events and loved ones. It’s all part of TriMet’s plan to deliver safe, efficient and reliable transit options across our 533-square mile service district. See how we’re making transit better and check out our plans for fall 2020 and beyond at trimet.org/plan.