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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

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.



Hop is here! You can now “tap on” using your Hop card or smartphone when you board the bus, MAX, C-TRAN or Portland Streetcar. Reload online, over the phone or in the checkout lane at the store.

In 2017–18, we’re proposing 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.

In 2016, we kicked off a 10-year expansion of transit throughout the Portland area, with a focus on better bus service. We’re making service improvements including adding more buses (they’ll come more frequently) and increasing the hours of operation (they’ll come earlier and later in the day).

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.

After delaying new bus purchases for a few years during the recession, we began actively replacing the oldest buses in our fleet in 2012. We now have 326 new buses on the road, which helps make the ride more comfortable and more reliable.

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.

On average in 2015, about one in every five trips was delayed. We know how frustrating this can be for our riders. That’s why we’re addressing many of the areas that affect our system’s on-time performance, including maintenance, training and partnerships.

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.

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 working with cities and counties to improve sidewalks, crossings and other amenities. Together, we’re making transit more accessible.

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.

In 2015, we restored 15-minute service — which had been cut over the last few years due to the recession — on our 12 Frequent Service bus lines and MAX. This means less waiting, shorter travel times and better connections.

Arrival Screens at MAX Stations

We’re adding more digital information displays at MAX stations throughout the system, to provide more riders with timely service information. The new screens will be installed gradually throughout 2016 and 2017.


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.

All transit centers, stations, elevators, trains and buses are equipped with cameras, to deter crime and help prosecute people who commit crimes on the system.

Transit Police Response Teams use plainclothes and undercover officers along with traditional uniformed officers to help deter criminal or inappropriate behavior.