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TriMet announces changes, expansions of Tigard-area bus lines

TIMES FILE PHOTO - Tigard buses will see a few new additional buses starting next month, with earlier and later stops on several local lines.Heads up, commuters. Changes are coming to several local TriMet bus lines.

TriMet announced on Monday that it would be expanding service and improving busy lines across the Portland area starting next month.

Seven local bus lines will expand as part of the agency's new spring schedule, adding earlier and later trips.

The changes take effect March 6 and are meant to decrease wait times, reduce crowding and improve reliability.

“When looking at expanding service and the future of transit, our first priority is to maximize the benefit to riders, especially those who are connecting to jobs, educational opportunities, community services and other activities,” the agency wrote on its website. “This means service that begins earlier in the day and runs later into the evening, ensuring that where jobs grow, so does our service.”

• Line 12-Barbur/Sandy Blvd will see a new early morning and late-night weekday trips between the Tigard Transit Center and downtown Portland.

Line 76-Beaverton/Tualatin will add earlier and later trips on Sundays.

Line 78-Beaverton/Lake Oswego will add later Saturday trips and both earlier and later Sunday trips.

Other changes have been made to Line 57, Line 63, Line 72, Line 75, Line 83 and Line 97.