Moving riders faster steers TriMet’s package of fall service improvements

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Route adjustments and operational updates to speed up trips, reduce delays and offer new destinations start Sunday, Sept. 5

Faster, more reliable bus rides are just ahead as TriMet rolls out service improvements for fall 2021. Starting Sunday, Sept. 5, we’re speeding up trips and ramping up reliability on more than half a dozen bus lines. The routes serve communities throughout our three-county service area.

TriMet identified improvements for fall after evaluating service levels and the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve chosen to make these adjustments to better match ridership and traffic conditions. They come at little to no cost and fall within the scope of TriMet’s budget for the 2022 fiscal year, which began on July 1, 2021. 

Benefits across our service area

Prior to the pandemic, TriMet was in the largest continuous bus service expansion in agency history. While the funding challenges presented by the pandemic put expansion plans on hold, we continue to look for opportunities to improve service. The route adjustments that are coming this fall will make riding the bus more convenient for people in Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties. Here are the highlights:

Coming to Northwest Portland

Line 15-Belmont/NW 23rd is getting an update. To match ridership with service, we’re separating the Thurman section from the rest of the line. Line 15 will continue to serve its primary route between Northwest Portland and Gateway Transit Center.

A new bus line – Line 26-Thurman/NW 18th – will serve existing stops on NW 18th, 19th and Thurman, as well as at Providence Park.

Streamlined service to Sherwood

In Washington County, Line 93-Tigard/Sherwood and Line 94-Pacific Hwy/Sherwood will be better together! By combining the two lines, people who use the current Line 94 will gain weekend and holiday service. The consolidated line will go by the line number 94.

Next stop: Oregon City High School

Line 32-Oatfield will begin serving a new destination: Oregon City High School. The completion of the Meyers Road extension provides better access to the school at the southern end of the route. After stopping for riders at the high school, the bus will continue to Clackamas Community College.

What else is coming

We are also making smaller adjustments to improve the ride on additional lines throughout the region:

Line 11-Rivergate/Marine Dr – We’re eliminating a low-ridership portion of Line 11 to help speed up buses and riders throughout this industrial employment corridor.

Line 19-Woodstock/Glisan – To help speed up travel time  and match service to demand on Line 19, we’ll reduce the number of trips serving Union Manor and the Rex Loop while continuing to provide service along the entire line.

Line 39-Lewis & Clark – We’ll streamline Line 39 with a route adjustment that removes a little-used loop to the Graduate School of Education at Lewis and Clark College.

We encourage riders on lines 8, 12, 47, 74, 80, 82 and 87 to check the schedule, as additional adjustments have been made. Riders who use the Gateway/NE 99th Ave and Tigard transit centers are urged to also plan extra time to adjust to updates to bus stop locations. Find more information at trimet.org/plan.

We value your feedback

TriMet adjusted our initial plans for improving service in late 2021 and early 2022 based on feedback that we heard through public outreach. Comments and questions are always welcome at trimet.org/support.

Making transit better  

When it comes to reducing traffic congestion and addressing climate change, TriMet is part of the solution. A single bus can take more than 60 cars off the road. Riding transit instead of driving a car helps reduce air pollution. As a result, we live in a cleaner environment with more vibrant and livable communities. With regional support to help keep buses moving past traffic congestion, we make transit a more attractive and convenient option for safe, reliable transportation. Plan your next trip at trimet.org/planner. Make sure to change the date if you’re riding after Sept. 5, when the improvements go into service.