Fiscal Year 2019 Budget
The Fiscal Year 2019 budget features our largest-ever expansion of bus service, significant security upgrades, a new low-income fare and continued investments in our fleet and infrastructure.
Our adopted budget for Fiscal Year 2019 (July 2018-July 2019) is focused on expanding service, improving access to transit and increasing security. Here are the highlights from the $710 million operating budget.
Our Largest Ever Bus Service Expansion
This budget allows us to expand frequency or capacity on 13 bus lines. The expansion includes 980 more weekly bus service hours and 600 more bus trips per week. We’re also bringing back 24-hour service to some lines and we’ll be introducing a new, late-night bus line serving the Portland Airport. It’s our largest-ever expansion of bus service in our 49-year history. These improvements will be implemented in September 2018 and March 2019.
Here’s the expanded service you’ll see:
- Lines 61, 64, 66 and 68 — all which serve OHSU and Marquam Hill — will have expanded hours of operation.
- Line 81-Kane Rd/257th will have more than 20 additional weekday buses.
- Line 24-Fremont will be extended across the the Fremont Bridge.
- A new all-night bus line will go to Portland International Airport.
- Line 4-Division/Fessenden — one of our longest and most popular routes — will be split into two lines to help keep buses on time.
- Line 20-Burnside/Stark and Line 57-TV Hwy/Forest Grove will run 24-hours.
- Line 73-122nd Ave will have increased weekday service with buses arriving every 15 minutes most of the day.
- Line 96-Tualatin/I-5 will have more service with 25 new mid-day buses between Tualatin and Portland.
Important Safety and Security Upgrades
We’ve prioritized safety and security in the 2019 budget. This budget provides for as many as 30 additional peace officers for the system. These officers will provide an increased security presence and will enforce the TriMet code, including fare requirements.
In addition, we’ll continue with a multi-year project to replace closed-circuit security cameras and make pedestrian safety improvements along the MAX Blue Line. We’ll also complete Positive Train Control upgrades on WES Commuter Rail that will help prevent collisions caused by human error.
Greater Equity and Access to Transit
Thanks to a statewide investment in transit, we’ll be introducing a new low-income fare program on July 1, 2018 — the first day our budget goes into effect. The low-income fare program will reduce the cost of transit by at least half for qualifying families and individuals living at up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level. This vital program will ensure more people can count on transit to connect them with jobs, services, school and appointments — no matter how much money they make.
Continued Capital Investments
The budget provides important funds for keeping our system in a state of good repair while also allowing us to expand to meet the future needs of our region. This budget does that by funding new light rail vehicles, station and right-of-way maintenance and the expansion and upgrade of TriMet facilities to meet public demands for more service. We’ll continue to renovate MAX Blue Line stations and support the development of the Division Transit and Southwest Corridor projects. We’ll also keep working to improve station access and pedestrian and bicycle safety along MAX Orange Line.
Modernization of Our Fleet
Fiscal Year 2019 will mark the beginning of an exciting new era for us as we launch five new battery-electric buses into service along Line 62-Murray Blvd in Beaverton. We’ll also continue to modernize our fleet with the addition of 64 new low-floor, biodiesel buses. Our LIFT paratransit service will benefit from 67 replacement buses and 10 expansion buses.
Investing in Our Talent
The budget supports our largest-ever expansion of service by funding the workforce we need to run it. We’ll be hiring nearly 200 positions, more than three-quarters of which will have labor union representation. Wages for union employees are budgeted to increase by nearly 3.25% under the working and wage agreement adopted in 2017. Non-union employees will also be eligible for merit and pay equity increases in the new budget cycle. We’ll also continue to reform active employee and retiree benefit costs.