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TriMet announces changes to Beaverton bus routes, schedules

Bus riders be aware, changes are coming to your morning commute.

Starting Sunday, March 1, TriMet will be changing the schedules of several Portland-area buses, including several that run through the Beaverton area.

Angela Murphy, a TriMet spokeswoman, said that the changes are part of $1.6 million in added trips and schedule changes to 18 bus lines scattered across the Portland area.

TriMet is extending its current two-hour tickets to two-and-a-half hours for all bus and train trips, Murphy said.

Several local bus lines will also see schedule changes, Murphy said.

Line 20, which runs from Beaverton Transit Center to Gresham, will see more morning and afternoon service on weekdays, with a few changes to trip times.

Line 47, the line that runs from Portland Community College’s Rock Creek Campus to Hillsboro, will see its schedule change to match traffic conditions and ridership.

Line 52, which begins at PCC Rock Creek and ends at Beaverton Transit Center, will have changes made to its weekend schedule; some trip times may change by more than 15 minutes.

Line 54, which goes between the Beaverton Transit Center and Portland, will have added trips on weekday mornings and Saturday service will be increased throughout the day to reduce wait and transfer times.

The last day trips will be changed by up to eight minutes.

Line 88, in Beaverton and Aloha, will have more trips on weekdays to match traffic conditions. Some trips will be changed by more than 10 minutes.

Murphy said that the changes are meant to decrease wait-times for buses and will mean smaller crowds on buses and trains.

Murphy said that the changes are part of a yearlong TriMet plan to restore services that had been cut during the recession.

“It’s all great news for our riders,” said Roberta Aldstadt, a TriMet spokeswoman. “It’s getting us back to the same level of service. We are about up to the same level of hours of service we were offering before.”

Other bus lines impacted are bus lines 4, 6, 8, 9, 12, 14, 15, 20, 33, 47, 52, 54, 56, 57, 71, 75, 88 and 93.

For the complete list of schedule changes, visit TriMet.org.

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