TriMet’s Fiscal Year 2017 Budget
Budget includes an increase in bus service and no fare increase.
Our approved budget for Fiscal Year 2017 (July 2016–July 2017) continues investment in expanding bus service, improving MAX system reliability and adding 50 new buses to the fleet. The FY2017 budget priorities also include $11.6 million to improve MAX tracks, switches and signals.
The FY2017 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 $511 million operating budget:
Bus service expansion
We plan to add service in September and March over the next 10 years, funded in part from the increased employer payroll tax that is being phased in over the next decade. Priorities include improving reliability, better matching rider demand, better connections, less crowding, and improved service hours.
- Bus service hours will increase 4.3 percent.
- More bus service on weekdays and/or weekends on eight bus lines: 4, 32, 36, 63 and 71 in September; lines 20, 21 and 155 in March 2017.
- Added trips to reduce crowding and improved schedule reliability.
More details on the proposed service improvements and the ways in which the Service Guidelines Policy and Service Guidelines Framework were used to develop the proposed set of improvements are available here.
Other budget priorities in the FY2017 budget:
More new buses
We continue to accelerate our bus purchase program with 50 new buses in FY2017. By the end of the fiscal year, TriMet will have a total of 376 buses on the road that have been purchased since 2012 and the average age of the entire fleet will reduce to about nine years. All our buses are now air conditioned and have security cameras.
Improving the ride & making transit better
We're improving the ride and our rail reliability by investing in track, signal and switch upgrades along some of the original 30-year-old segments of the MAX line.
- Replace switches and realign trackway at the Rose Quarter beginning in August 2016. (This follows similar work along 1st Avenue in Downtown Portland set to be completed in May.)
- Replace switches and reconstruct rail at SW 11th Avenue in Downtown Portland in 2017.
- Complete design for reconstructing MAX trackway over the Steel Bridge. (Construction will take place in FY2018)
- Begin a four-year replacement of overhead power contact wire on the original MAX Blue Line between Cleveland Ave in Gresham to Lloyd Center.
- Upgrade and repair platform areas at Gresham City Hall and Washington Park stations.
- Begin a multi-year effort to design and upgrade the oldest elevators on the MAX lines.
- Complete infrastructure work and begin early testing for the electronic fare system Hop Fastpass™ that will launch in 2017.
- We're in the third year of a five-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 sixth consecutive year of training for every bus operator.
- Pedestrian crossings will be improved along the MAX Blue Line to help riders be more aware of an approaching train. Crossings improvements will be made at NW Division and NE Hood streets in Gresham, and in Beaverton (at SW 170th Ave) and in Hillsboro (at SW 185th and SE 10th).
For the fourth time in nearly seven years, non-union employees will see up to a 3 percent wage increase based on performance and overall compensation. There is no union wage increase included in the approved budget. Union employees received a 3 percent wage increase in FY2015 and FY2016 that was negotiated in the latest contract. The budget allows for these adjustments.