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Tualatin Shuttle modifies route to align with new bus line

Ride Connection planner: 'Fairly basic changes' push Blue Line more to the north of Tualatin-Sherwood Road.

MAP COURTESY OF RIDE CONNECTION - With TriMet's bus line 97 now running along Southwest Tualatin-Sherwood Road, the Tualatin Shuttle has mostly diverted its service off the frequently congested arterial.Ride Connection has slightly altered the course of its free commuter shuttle service in Tualatin, about a month after a TriMet bus line along Southwest Tualatin-Sherwood Road began operating.

Alex Page, a service planner with Ride Connection, said the Tualatin Shuttle has mostly been redirected from Tualatin-Sherwood Road, with the Blue Line now operating further north in the western portion of the city.

“We made just minor changes to the route,” Page said. “It was mostly to give TriMet a little more berth for their new line 97, and we are stretching up a little bit into the Hazelbrook neighborhood now.”

He added, “Mostly, we're just staying off of Tualatin-Sherwood Road, which is kind of beneficial to us, because traffic is so bad there.”

Page described the alterations as “fairly basic changes” and said they were made after consultation with the shuttle's ridership.

“We did some outreach to our riders, and we also had some online surveys available to provide input on any changes,” Page said. “And we incorporated as much of the feedback as we could.”

The Tualatin Shuttle's two lines run eight times in the morning and eight times in the afternoon and evening on non-holiday weekdays, along loops that begin and end at the Tualatin WES station. The trips are coordinated with train arrival times, giving commuter rail-riders free transit to and from work in Tualatin's commercial and industrial areas.

The shuttle can also deviate from its route by up to half a mile if arrangements are made at least one day in advance by calling 503-226-0700.

Like the Tualatin Shuttle, bus line 97 is a weekday commuter transport, although TriMet officials have suggested it could expand both in hours and route length as ridership grows.

The changes to the Tualatin Shuttle's route went into effect last week, Page said.

Route maps and timetables are available online.

Ride Connection is continuing to look for volunteer drivers in the Tualatin area. Anyone with interest can contact 503-528-1738 for more information or to register.

By Mark Miller
Assistant Editor
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