TriMet, the Portland area’s public transportation agency, is reducing its service starting April 5. The changes will affect the agency’s MAX and WES trains, as well as most bus lines.
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WES trains will run every 45 minutes and still operate in the mornings and evenings.
Bus routes have line-by-line schedule changes.
“These changes are temporary as we adapt our service to match the reduced need for transit due to COVID-19,” the agency said in a statement. “This is a painful-but-necessary adjustment that will help us bounce back quickly when this public health crisis passes.”
TriMet said its priorities in running public transit, at this time, are keeping it safe for riders and operators; making sure “essential workers,” such as doctors and first responders, can get to work; and keeping service sustainable for its finances.
A full list of service reductions is available on TriMet’s website.