Public transit is set to improve during the next year should TriMet’s board of directors approve a budget aimed at adding bus and MAX service back to 2010 levels, sharpen schedule reliability and add buses to some lines to reduce overcrowding. For the second consecutive year, TriMet will not ask for a fare increase.
Proposed additions of weekday evening trips on frequent-service lines is designed to provide 15-minute or better frequencies throughout the service day. Some of the buses being added to lines 20, 71 and 72 to improve reliability will come from 64 new buses joining the TriMet fleet during the next year. Since 2012, TriMet has replaced older, more-expensive-to-maintain buses with 249 newer models.
To accomplish that, TriMet will hire about 100 new bus operators. Additional MAX operators will be added next summer, getting the new MAX line between Milwaukie and Portland ready for a September 2014 opening.