Recommended Plan

Proposed changes to fares and service would take effect September 2012

April 2012 Update: After six months of extensive public outreach, we've prepared a Recommended Plan (detailed below) for our Board of Directors to address an expected $12-17 million shortfall in our next budget year. We met with more than 5,100 people at dozens of community meetings and other venues, including riding affected bus lines to get feedback from riders. In all, we received 16,000 comments on our proposed changes to fares and service, which helped shape this plan. While it calls for $12 million* in cost-saving and revenue-generating measures, we have designed the plan to minimize cuts to service and the overall impact to riders.

Revenue-Generating Measures

Cost-Saving Measures

$6.0
million/yr
Increase fares, change to a "flat fare" system and eliminate zones $1.2
million/yr
Cut programs and staff as part of ongoing internal efficiencies
$2.7
million/yr
Eliminate the Free Rail Zone (end free rides on MAX in Downtown and the Lloyd District) $1.1
million/yr
Reconfigure 15 bus routes and cut segments with overlapping service; cut low-ridership trips on 9 bus lines
$0.3
million/yr
Sell ads on TriMet websites and TransitTracker by Phone $0.4
million/yr
Adjust LIFT paratransit service boundary to match nearby bus/MAX service
    $0.3
million/yr
Reduce annual contribution
to Portland Streetcar
Total: $9 million Total: $3 million

Total of planned revenue-generating and cost-saving measures:
$12 million*

* Note: If TriMet loses the labor contract arbitration with ATU Local 757 (expected to be announced in July 2012), we will need to find an additional $5 million in savings. Learn more about TriMet?s contract dispute with the ATU.

 

Ways you can provide feedback:

Phone:
503-238-RIDE (7433)
select option #5

Mail:
Budget Plan Feedback
TriMet MK2
4012 SE 17th Ave.
Portland, OR 97202

Email: comments@trimet.org
Fax: 503-962-6451
TTY: 7-1-1

 

Options and ideas

October 26, 2011–
January 18, 2012

Initial
proposal

February 8–March 2, 2012

Refined
proposal

March 14–April 6, 2012

Recommended
plan

April 10–June 13, 2012

Approved changes
take effect

September 1 & 2, 2012