After reducing service because of declining revenues during the Great Recession, the regional transit agency is now preparing to increase service on numerous routes on Sept. 2. The increases are funded in part with an increase in the agency’s payroll tax approved by the Board of Directors and its share of a new statewide payroll tax approved by the 2017 Oregon Legislature.
According to TriMet, increases will include nearly 1,000 more weekly hours of bus service, nearly 700 more weekly bus trips, better frequency or more capacity on 13 bus lines, and additional trips on its busiest MAX lines.
Among other things, the increases will include the return of 24-hour bus service to the Portland area for the first time in more than 30 years. Combined, Line 57-TV Hwy/Forest Grove and Line 20-Burnside/Stark will form an all day, every day, 45-mile bus connection between Forest Grove and Gresham. In addition, the early morning service on Line 20 will also create a link to a new Line 272-PDX Night Bus.
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