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Making Transit Better

We know our riders want better service — and more of it. Here’s what we’re doing to grow our network of buses and trains, and make the ride smoother, safer and more convenient.


Current projects

The Line 2-Division is one of our most popular bus lines, with more than 10,000 daily rides between Downtown Portland and Gresham. But during rush hour, buses are often standing room only and sometimes have to pass up riders waiting at the stop. The Division Transit Project will improve service along Division with faster, easier and safer, rapid and reliable bus service.

We’re working with PBOT to install red transit-only lanes that’ll help speed up buses, making transit faster and more reliable.

We’re working with local partners Metro and ODOT to move transit through congestion quickly.

We’ve replaced our oldest buses with new vehicles that feature amenities like low floors for easy boarding and air conditioning to keep you cool when it’s warm outside.

We’re replacing and upgrading elevators at our MAX stations and transit centers.

The Powell Garage is being reconfigured to improve bus and employee circulation and safety at its access points, replace and modernize the aging buildings, and accommodate 50 percent more buses, including larger, articulated buses for the Division Transit Project.

We’re testing a new kind of fuel that’s better for both the Earth and our buses.

Upcoming projects

In 2020–21, we’re proposing a new bus line, better frequency and more.

We’re extending MAX Red Line service to 10 additional stations in Beaverton and Hillsboro, and adding new tracks at Gateway and Portland International Airport that will improve on-time performance for the entire MAX system.

By 2040, we’re committed to having a 100% alternative-fuel fleet.

We’re building a bus garage on Columbia Boulevard to support bus service expansion and better service.

Completed projects

We addded a safe new crossing over rail tracks at SE Gideon Street near the Clinton St/SE 12th Ave MAX Station.

We replaced and upgraded track, switches and the signal system across the 108-year-old Steel Bridge, which help improve reliability and keep trains running on time.

We’re making much-needed improvements to MAX tracks, switches and equipment to improve reliability and on-time performance. View details on specific projects here.

We want to re-think the consequences for riders who don’t pay fare, and a recently passed law gives us a 90-day window to resolve citations before they are sent to court. Riders — who may have simply forgotten to pay their fare — would be given the option to pay a fine or do community service.

We’re excited to be able to offer a new reduced fare for low-income riders starting as soon as summer 2018. The recommendation for the new program is half-price fare for adults at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.

Our Bike Plan is a roadmap that will help guide future investments in biking infrastructure and amenities. This includes improving bike access to transit stops, expanding parking options, and accommodating bikes onboard buses and trains.

We’re improving pedestrian access to transit, too

Our new electronic fare system is here! You can now tap a Hop card or smartphone to pay your fare on buses, MAX, C-TRAN and Portland Streetcar. Reload easily online, over the phone or in the checkout lane at the store.

New ballast, drainage work and removing vegetation will improve operational safety for WES Commuter Rail.

We’ve worked with riders, residents, neighborhood groups, governments, schools and businesses to plan improvements to transit service in communities across the region. These long-term visions identify opportunities to expand and improve bus service over the next decade.

After 20 years of use, we gave the Washington Park MAX Station a fresh look with colorful murals, better lighting and new wall designs in the elevator lobbies.