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TriMet bus schedules to change March 1

Photo Credit: TIMES FILE PHOTO - Several TriMet bus lines will see schedule changes starting in March.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 busses, including several that run through Tigard, Tualatin and Sherwood.

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.

But perhaps the biggest change for Tigard-area riders will be where to find their bus.

Bus stops at the Tigard Transit Center — bus lines 12, 45, 64 and 76/78 — will be relocated within the transit center to improve operational efficiency, said Roberta Aldstadt, a TriMet spokeswoman.

"It will coordinate more with buses, give them more room to move around and, in case multiple basses are laying over, they won't conflict with each other," Aldstadt said.

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

For a complete list of schedule changes, visit TriMet's website

Line 12 — the far-reaching bus line that stretches from Tigard to Parkrose — will see more Saturday service from mid-morning to early evening to reduce wait and transfer times, Murphy said, with trip times shrinking by up to 10 minutes.

Line 56, which begins at Washington Square mall and runs along Capitol Highway and Barbur Boulevard to the Portland Transit Center, will see similar increase in bus service on Saturdays, as well as schedule adjustments throughout the week which Murphy said will better math traffic conditions and ridership. Some riders could see as much as 15 minutes shaved off their commutes.

Line 93 — the relatively new line that runs from Sherwood to Tigard — will also see increased service on Saturday in order to reduce wait and improve connections. Expect trip-times to change by up to 15 minutes, Murphy said.

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

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

"It's all great news for our riders," Aldstadt said. "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.

By Geoff Pursinger
email: gpursinger@commnewspapers.com
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