Fiscal Year 2018 Budget

The Fiscal Year 2018 budget expands bus service, introduces Hop Fastpass™ and improves reliability — all without increasing fares.

Our adopted budget for Fiscal Year 2018 (July 2017–July 2018) includes an increase in bus service of nearly 3.5 percent — continuing our investment in expanded service and reliability.

The budget also includes our new electronic fare system, Hop Fastpass™, as well as MAX reliability improvements, systemwide safety enhancements and wage increases for non-union employees. For the fifth consecutive year, the budget does not include any increase in fares.

Highlights from the $1.2 billion operating budget include:

Bus service expansion

We’re in the second year of a 10-year expansion of service funded in part from an increase in the employer payroll tax. In FY2018, bus service hours will increase 3.42 percent, or 1,360 hours a week. These improvements will be implemented in September 2017 and March 2018.

  • Service will be added midday on on weekends on Frequent Service lines
  • Three new bus lines will be added:
    • A new north–south connection along E 162nd Ave. in east Portland and Gresham
    • A new line combining segments of Line 87 south of SE Powell Blvd. and Line 81 south of SE Division St.
    • A new line along SW Denney Rd. and Hall Blvd. between Beaverton Transit Center, Washington Square and Tigard Transit Center
  • Lines 6, 81 and 87 will have route changes for better connections and Line 87 will begin running on weekends

More new buses

The budget includes the purchase and delivery 57 new buses by the end of FY2018. This will bring the total number of new-model buses to 433, and the average age our fleet will be reduced to about eight years, which is the industry standard.

Introducing Hop

Hop Fastpass™ is a new regional fare card launching in July 2017. Riders will pay their TriMet, C-TRAN or Portland Streetcar fare by tapping their card or phone (using a mobile wallet) when boarding. Hop includes a website, app and phone hotline riders can use to add money to their card and manage their account. Hop cards will be available at more than 500 local retailers.

Learn more at myhopcard.com.

Making transit better

We’re continuing our investment in the track, signal and switches along some of the 30-year-old segments of the original MAX line. During FY2018 we will:

  • Design track, signal and switch improvements on the Steel Bridge and in the Lloyd District (with construction taking place in FY2109)
  • Continue work on the four-year replacement of overhead wire on the Blue Line
  • Upgrade the E 122nd Ave Station
  • Construction of three Bike & Rides at Goose Hollow, Beaverton Creek and Gateway Transit Centers

Safety enhancements

Investments in safety and security include a new police precinct, rail crossing improvements and enhanced training for rail operators.

  • Approximately $9 million will go to building a new Transit Police precinct in the new Convention Center Hotel parking structure
  • We will continue replacing analog CCTV equipment on older buses and MAX trains with newer digital technology
  • Positive Train Control (PTC) upgrades will be completed on WES Commuter Rail, helping prevent collisions caused by human error
  • Pedestrian crossings will be improved at 4–5 locations along the MAX Blue Line to help riders be more aware of approaching trains

Wages

For the fifth time in nearly eight years, non-union employees will receive a wage increase up to three percent based on performance and overall compensation. Wage increases for union employees are not included in the budget since the union contract has expired and negotiations are still underway.