TriMet is beginning to add back service, bringing service levels to about 90% of where we were before the COVID-19 pandemic. This will begin when our 2020 fall service schedules go into effect on Sunday, Aug. 30 and comes after temporarily reducing service in April due to the pandemic.
“The pandemic has changed the way we live, the way we gather, the way we travel, and transit has changed a lot too,” said TriMet General Manager Doug Kelsey. “Before COVID-19, TriMet was in the midst of the largest bus service expansion in our region’s history. However, the pandemic had us turning our focus to efforts that help keep riders and employees safe, while keeping essential workers moving. With all the steps we’ve taken and as more service returns, we want to show our riders we are ready for them when they’re ready to come back to transit.”
Regular weekday service returns to 20 TriMet bus lines starting Monday, Aug. 31. TriMet reduced service by about 20% in early April when ridership dropped due to COVID-19. As part of our fall service, we will add back more than 420 trips into the schedule, bringing service levels to near where they were before the pandemic.
Our 65 additional bus lines will stay at current service levels, and MAX and WES schedules will remain the same. This helps keep our operations in line with ridership, with fewer people commuting during peak travel times and fewer buses needed for high school student trips.
TriMet continues to limit the number of riders on board buses to leave space for physical distancing. However, in restoring service on 20 popular lines, riders gain more options for their trips and can expect fewer buses that are at capacity.
TriMet is making several minor route adjustments to help improve service and keep buses on time. On Sunday, Aug. 30, trips on Line 72-Killingsworth/82ndfrom Clackamas Town Center that currently end at Northeast Killingsworth Street and Cully Boulevard will instead end at Killingsworth and 72nd Avenue. Minor bus stop changes at NE Killingworth & Cully will make it easier for riders to identify the correct stop to board buses bound for Clackamas Town Center.
Then on Monday, Aug. 31, Line 11-Rivergate/Marine Dr will move off Marine Drive at North Leadbetter Street. The modification will improve access to the Bybee Lakes Hope Center, a new transitional housing facility in North Portland that serves people experiencing homelessness. Also on Monday, several trips leaving downtown on Line 96-Tualatin/I-5 will start at Southwest Columbia Street and 10th Avenue instead of Jefferson Street and 10th, due to construction at the Portland Art Museum.