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September MAX and Bus Service Cuts and Fare Increase

May 26, 2010

The TriMet board of directors has approved the service cuts and fare increase proposal as amended on April 20, 2010. The cuts are necessary to offset the impact of the continued economic recession on TriMet operations. TriMet's fiscal year begins on July 1; the fare increase will be effective Sept. 1, 2010; the cuts in service will be effective Sept. 5, 2010.

The service cuts were first released in January 2010. The proposed service cuts were revised several times as a result of more than 1,400 public comments gathered during a 10-week period that included four open houses and three public hearings. As a result public input, some of the proposed cuts to bus and MAX service were restored to help riders keep connections to jobs and other services. The final approved proposal is summarized below.

Budget Background

For the second year, TriMet faces a multi-million dollar budget shortfall due to the ongoing recession and declining payroll tax revenues. We need to cut the budget for our fiscal year that begins in July by $27 million. We have already taken these steps to close the gap: a 5 percent across-the-board cut, a salary and hiring freeze, using federal stimulus funds, reductions to bus and MAX service and a five-cent fare increase. The service changes will take effect Sept. 5, 2010.

Final Revised Service Cuts

Based on public comments and concerns to keep connections to jobs and other services, some of the proposed cuts have been restored, and other lines may have additional adjustments. In all, about 50 bus lines will have some changes, including 10 lines with more significant reductions (27, 32, 45, 51, 58, 65, 73, 157; changes to lines 35, 73 and 154 will take effect in June). All MAX lines will have some changes.

In the summary below, the most recent changes are identified in italics.

The following 2 lines (instead of 4) will be discontinued due to low ridership and/or alternative service nearby.



157-Happy Valley


Line 64-Marquam Hill/Tigard TC will have some route and frequency changes. Line 154-Willamette and line 65-Marquam Hill have been taken off the proposed cut list. Although service on line 65-Marquam Hill is not discontinued, it will have reduced frequency and hours of service.


No weekend bus lines will be eliminated (no change to the most recent proposal)

Rather than eliminating some or all weekend service on lines 32-Oatfield, 45-Garden Home and 80-Kane/Troutdale, weekend service will be retained, but line 45 will have route changes for Sunday service and lines 32 and 80 will have decreased hours of operation.

On the following 4 lines (instead of 5), the low-ridership portions of the routes will be eliminated.


Discontinue Arlington loop, to be served by 34-River Road*

34-River Road

Discontinue portion on River Road between McLoughlin and Glen Echo; add in Arlington


Discontinue trips to Mercer Industries


Discontinue trips to Cornell Oaks on Greenbrier Parkway

*34-River Road route changes to add Arlington Loop. Line 43-Taylors Ferry Rd will continue Nimbus service.


Approved bus frequency reductions

The following lines will have the weekday time between buses increased by 2-3 minutes during mid-day and by 2-10 minutes in the evenings.

  • 4-Division/Fessenden
  • 6-Martin Luther King Jar Blvd
  • 8-Jackson Park/NE 15th
  • 9-Powell/Broadway
  • 12-Barbur/Sandy Blvd
  • 14-Hawthorne
  • 15-Belmont/NW 23rd
  • 17-Holgate/NW 21st
  • 20-Burnside/Stark
  • 33-McLoughlin
  • 57-TV Hwy/Forest Grove
  • 70-12th Ave
  • 71-60th/122nd Ave

Lines 33-McLoughlin, 57-TV Hwy/Forest Grove, 70-12th Ave and 71-60th/122nd Ave will also have 2-3 minutes changes during rush hour.


The following lines will have the weekday time between buses increased by 2-10 minutes at various times throughout the day.

  • 16-Front Ave/St Johns
  • 24-Fremont
  • 32-Oatfield
  • 34-River Rd
  • 43-Taylors Ferry Rd
  • 44-Capitol Hwy/Mocks Crest
  • 52-Farmington/185th
  • 58-Canyon Rd
  • 62-Murray Blvd
  • 68-Marquam Hill/Collins Circle
  • 73-NE 33rd Ave
  • 77-Broadway/Halsey
  • 87-Airport Way/181st

The following lines will have the weekend time between buses increased by up to 6 minutes.

  • 4-Division/Fessenden
  • 6-Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
  • 8-Jackson Park/NE 15th
  • 9-Powell/Broadway
  • 12-Barbur/Sandy Blvd
  • 14-Hawthorne
  • 15-Belmont/NW 23rd
  • 20-Burnside/Stark
  • 33-McLoughlin
  • 54/56-Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy/Scholls Ferry Rd
  • 57-TV Hwy/Forest Grove
  • 71-60th/122nd
  • 75-Lombard/39th

Line 71-60th/122nd has been added. In addition, line 58-Canyon Rd will have the time between buses increased from 30 to 60 minutes on Sundays and line 45-Garden Home will have the time between buses increased to 80 minutes on Sundays.


The following lines will have select weekday trips eliminated due to low ridership or available capacity.

  • 1-Vermont
  • 43-Taylors Ferry Rd
  • 51-Vista
  • 85-Swan Island
  • 92-South Beaverton Express
  • 94-Sherwood/Pacific Hwy Express
  • 99-McLoughlin Express


The following lines will have schedule adjustments of 10 minutes or more.

  • 18-Hillside
  • 33-McLoughlin
  • 38-Boones Ferry Rd

Lines 24- Fremont, 34-River Rd, 87-Airport Way/181st and 96-Tualatin/I-5 has been removed from this list.


Approved changes to hours of operation

The following lines will begin service on weekdays and/or weekends one trip later in the morning and/or stop service one trip earlier in the evening.

  • 8-Jackson Park/NE 15th
  • 9-Powell/Broadway
  • 24-Fremont
  • 28-Linwood
  • 32-Oatfield
  • 45-Garden Home
  • 55-Hamilton
  • 73-NE 33rd
  • 80-Kane/Troutdale Rd
  • 85-Swan Island
  • 88-Hart/198th

Lines 48-Cornell, 51-Vista, 70-12th Ave and 155-Sunnyside were removed from this list. On lines 32-Oatfield, 73-NE 33rd Ave and 80-Kane/Troutdale Rd, more trips than just the first or last will be reduced.

MAX Service Changes

The start and end times of MAX, as well as midday and rush hour service remain the same. TriMet will reduce frequency by about 2 minutes on all lines evenings and weekends, from every 15 minutes to about every 17 minutes. In the early mornings and late evening, schedules will be adjusted by about 4 minutes.

WES Service Changes

TriMet will maintain present WES service levels but will work with businesses and governments to increase ridership and to explore options for making the service more efficient, particularly for the last round trip of the day.

Details of approved service cuts

Fare increase

TriMet is also increasing fares to cover the cost of doing business, effective Sept. 1, 2010. The last fare increase was September 2008. The increase includes:

  • 5-cent increase for Adult, Honored Citizen and LIFT tickets
  • $2 increase for the Adult and LIFT 1-Month Pass
  • $1 increase for Honored Citizen 1-Month Pass
  • No increase for the 1-Day Pass or Youth/Student tickets and passes