In addition to adding buses on September 4th to Line 4-Division/Fessenden and several other lines, TriMet will split Line 71-60th/122nd Avenue into two separate crosstown routes, Line 71-60th Avenue and Line 73-122nd Avenue. TriMet said Line 4-Division/Fessenden, its longest operating and busiest bus line, is adding early morning and late-night weekday buses to accommodate work shifts.
Thirty years ago, when TriMet’s Metropolitan Area Express (MAX) began the first light rail service between Gresham and downtown Portland, the regional transit agency shifted its bus service from radial (converging downtown) to crosstown (serving neighborhoods on north-south and east-west routes that did not go downtown). New crosstown lines 70, 71 and 75 served North and Northeast Portland with frequent service to make efficient connections for passengers who needed to transfer to radial bus routes and MAX.
Line 71 was designed to connect Clackamas Town Center and Southeast Portland with Northeast Portland via SE/NE 60th Avenue and then connect Northeast Portland to East County via Northeast Prescott Street and NE/SE 122nd Avenue. TriMet’s new lines 71 and 73 will both serve the Parkrose Transit Center, allowing passengers to continue their trips in both directions beyond this point.
TriMet said it will adjust schedules on lines 8-Jackson Park/NE 15th, 17-Holgate/Broadway, 44-Capitol Hwy/Mocks Crest, and 85-Swan Island to improve connections and better match traffic conditions and that at least one bus would be added to Line 17-Holgate/Broadway to help meet rider demand. Complete details and specific line schedules can be found at www.trimet.org.
TriMet said increased service on five bus lines and improved schedules on 11 other lines beginning September 4th is funded by the new stream of revenue from an increase in the employer payroll tax approved last year by the Oregon Legislature. The agency has committed to new or improved service twice a year –September and March – through 2025.
“We look forward to adding even more service, as we’ve done every year since 2013, to help better connect people to jobs, school and recreational activities,” said TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane, “as another step in providing more service to a fast-growing metro area while also focusing on improving our on-time performance and reducing crowding on several busy bus lines.”