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Making Transit Better

We know our riders want better service — and more of it. Here’s what we’re doing to grow our network of buses and trains, and make the ride smoother, safer and more convenient.

Regional projects

Our new electronic fare system is here! You can now tap a Hop card or smartphone to pay your fare on buses, MAX, C-TRAN and Portland Streetcar. Reload easily online, over the phone or in the checkout lane at the store.

We’re excited to be able to offer a new reduced fare for low-income riders starting as soon as summer 2018. The recommendation for the new program is half-price fare for adults at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.

We want to re-think the consequences for riders who don’t pay fare, and a recently passed law gives us a 90-day window to resolve citations before they are sent to court. Riders — who may have simply forgotten to pay their fare — would be given the option to pay a fine or do community service.

We’ve worked with riders, residents, neighborhood groups, governments, schools and businesses to plan improvements to transit service in communities across the region. These long-term visions identify opportunities to expand and improve bus service over the next decade.

The Line 4-Division is one of our most popular bus lines, with more than 10,000 daily rides between Downtown Portland and Gresham. But during rush hour, buses are often standing room only and sometimes have to pass up riders waiting at the stop. The Division Transit Project will improve service along Division with faster, easier and safer, rapid and reliable bus service.

Light rail is being considered to improve transit in the corridor that runs north–south from Downtown Portland to Sherwood and east–west from Lake Oswego to Beaverton.

We’re looking to improve on-time performance and to introduce Red Line service at 10 additional stations in Beaverton and Hillsboro. Additionally, we are looking into a possible new station at Gateway/NE 99th Ave.

We’re working with local partners, Metro and ODOT to develop a new Enhanced Transit Concept that helps transit move more quickly and reliably through congested corridors.

Service

In 2018–19, we’re proposing new lines, better frequency and all-night service on some routes.

In 2017–18, we’re making changes to eight bus lines and the addition of a new route. These changes are meant to improve reliability, connect riders with jobs, streamline service and ease crowding.

See what we improved in 2016–17

TriMet’s 645 buses are the backbone of the Portland area’s transit system. Each year, they carry 62% of our rides and travel nearly 24 million miles (enough to circle the globe 963 times!). Along with new buses, we’re growing bus service every year year in an effort to meet the growing demand from riders.

Learn more about our newest buses

We’re making much-needed improvements to MAX tracks, switches and equipment to improve reliability and on-time performance. View details on specific projects here.

Tracking MAX on-time performance

As it nears 20 years old, we’re giving the Washington Park MAX Station a fresh look with colorful murals, better lighting and new wall designs in the elevator lobbies.

New ballast, drainage work and removing vegetation will improve operational safety for WES Commuter Rail.

We will be adding a safe new crossing over rail tracks at SE Gideon Street near the Clinton St/SE 12th Ave MAX Station.

The Powell Garage will be reconfigured to improve bus and employee circulation and safety at its access points, replace and modernize the aging buildings, and accommodate 50 percent more buses, including larger, articulated buses for the Division Transit Project.

We’ve created our first-ever Bike Plan — a roadmap that will help guide future investments in biking infrastructure and amenities. This includes improving bike access to transit stops, expanding parking options, and accommodating bikes onboard buses and trains.

We’re improving pedestrian access to transit, too

Safety & Security

TriMet crews are making upgrades to stations and pedestrian crossings along the MAX Blue Line. The renovations include upgrades to shelters, windscreens, security cameras and lighting.

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