The TriMet board voted Wednesday to increase how often the transit agency’s frequent buses run.
TriMet officials have been cutting service for years. Now, they’re excited to announce that come next March, ten of the agency’s most frequent buses will arrive more often.
Officials say they’re funding the improvements through health insurance savings, additional advertising revenue, and anticipated fare collections.
General Manager Neil McFarlane says riders on the ten affected lines can be confident buses will come every fifteen minutes, weekdays.
“We can provide a much higher level of service for our customers. They can basically throw the schedule away and rely on the bus being there,” McFarlane.
More bus service means more drivers. TriMet has been in labor talks for more than a year with its drivers, represented by the Amalgamated Transit Union.
Officials say the service improvements are sustainable - and they hope to increase frequency elsewhere in the system, including with light rail.
4-Fessenden/Division (service improvements during weekday evenings and on Saturdays)