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TriMet considers boosting bus service

Tigard, Sherwood riders could see more buses, improved connections


by: FILE PHOTO - TriMet is thinking of adding services to two Tigard and Sherwood area bus lines. Plans would add express service from Sherwood to Portland and additional buses from Tigard to Portland to help alleviate congestion.In a world of perpetual budget woes that have seen cuts to bus services across the Portland area, TriMet is considering increasing its services in Tigard and Sherwood.

The transit agency is considering a plan to add express buses to Line 94, which runs from Sherwood into Tigard and Portland, and add additional service to Line 12, which runs from Tigard into Portland.

It’s a change from last year’s budget cuts, which saw sweeping changes to its bus lines across Portland, including changes to several bus lines in Tigard, Tualatin and Sherwood.

Last year, TriMet raised fares, did away with zoned tickets and killed its Free Rail Zone, formerly Fareless Square, in an attempt to cut $12 million from its budget.

One of those cuts came to Bus Line 12, the far-reaching line that stretched from Sherwood to Gresham. , the far-reaching line that stretched from Sherwood to Gresham.

That line saw its Sherwood service cut, running only between Tigard and Parkrose transit centers.

In its place, TriMet started Line 94, known as the “Pacific Highway/Sherwood” line, which takes travelers from Sherwood to the Tom Brian Tigard Transit Center.

The line also provides express service to Portland City Center during peak hours.

During the rest of the day, however, riders on Line 94 need to switch buses to Line 12 to continue into Portland.

That could change for some riders, under TriMet’s proposed plan.

TriMet has suggested adding additional buses to Line 94 during weekday afternoons to run from Sherwood to downtown Portland, and between Sherwood and Tigard during rush hour to help improve transfer connections.

Line 12 would also see additional buses, including increased service weekday evenings.

Mary Fetsch, a TriMet spokeswoman, said that after the changes were made last year requiring riders to transfer, they realized things needed to change.

“Riders had to wait longer to make transfers and had to walk further to catch their bus,” Fetsch said. “So it’s really an opportunity to make this service work better for riders.”

TriMet is setting aside $1.6 million to address overcrowding issues during rush hour, Fetsch said, and is asking for feedback about the proposed changes.

Next week the transit agency is hosting an open house in Tigard to discuss the changes.

The meeting will be held at The Ballroom Dance Company, 8900 S.W. Commercial St., in Tigard, on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Can’t make the meeting? Written comments will be accepted until Friday, April 19. Send any written comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For more information on the line changes, or the meeting, call 503-238-7433.




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