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TriMet's Fiscal Year 2016 Budget

Expanding and Improving Service

Our budget for Fiscal Year 2016 (July 2015–July 2016) will continue investment in expanding service, improving system reliability and adding 77 new buses to the fleet. The FY2016 budget priorities also include completing construction and safety certification for the MAX Orange Line that opens September 12, 2015 between Downtown Portland and north Clackamas County.

The FY2016 budget keeps TriMet on solid financial footing, allowing us to focus on expanding service to meet the growing demand for transit, as well as keep our commitments to our employees, retirees, riders and payroll taxpayers.

Here are some highlights from the $505 million operating budget:

Service restoration and expansion

  • Bus service hours will increase two percent, worth approximately $5 million. This means we will fully restore the Frequent Service bus network with the addition of frequency on Sundays. Riders will also see more buses to reduce overcrowding, plus increase capacity and improve schedule reliability.
  • MAX service hours will increase 15 percent, with much of it—$8.5 million—funding the new MAX Orange Line. About $1.1 million will fund the restoration of weekend MAX Frequent Service.
  • With the MAX Orange Line opening, we'll also be making changes to nine bus lines aimed at improving connections for the neighborhoods adjacent to the Orange Line and to the entire bus and rail system.

More new buses

  • We continue to accelerate our bus purchase program with 77 new buses in FY2016. During FY2016, we'll have a total of 326 new buses on the road and meeting the industry standard of an average of eight years.

Improved operations and rider amenities

  • Complete refurbishment of the former Trolley Barn at the Rose Quarter Transit Center to a Maintenance of Way facility, resulting in faster response times to centrally located incidents.
  • Investing in rail reliability with track, signal and switch maintenance projects.
  • Complete infrastructure work for the electronic fare system that will launch in 2017.
  • Upgrade and repair platform areas at Hollywood/NE 42nd Ave Transit Center and various locations along the Blue Line.
  • Adding GPS to MAX trains to improve TransitTracker arrival times and operational efficiencies.

Safety enhancements

  • We're in Year 2 of a multi-year program to replace analog Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) equipment on older buses and MAX trains. Newer vehicles are already equipped with digital technology.
  • Annual operator recertification continues with the fifth year of training for every bus operator.
  • Pedestrian crossings will be improved at four locations in Gresham along the MAX Blue Line to help riders be more aware of an approaching train. Crossings will be improved at NW Division, NE Main, NE Roberts and NE Hood streets. Complete installation of WES Commuter Rail Positive Train Control mandated by the Federal Railroad Administration. PTC will automatically stop a train if there is another train within its track segment.

Fare increase proposed for Honored Citizens only

  • For the fourth year in a row, adult fares will not be increased. However, we're proposing to increase Honored Citizen fares to restore the fare to half of an adult fare. The proposal is to increase the single ride ticket 25 cents and the monthly pass $2. HC fares have remained constant since 2010. If approved, the new fares would take effect September 1, 2015.

Wage increase

  • For the third time in 6 years, non-union employees will see up to a 3 percent wage increase based on performance and overall compensation. Union employees will receive a 3 percent wage increase that was negotiated in the latest contract. The budget allows for these adjustments.

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