TriMet begins reducing bus service on 20 routes on Monday | Local News

PORTLAND, Ore. (KPTV) — TriMet will reduce service on 20 bus routes starting Monday as it continues to face severe staffing shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic.

TriMet first announced the service cuts in December. The transit agency said with employee attrition and not enough applicants to meet planned hiring goals, it faces the largest operator deficit in the agency’s history. .

TriMet said the reduction in service will increase schedule reliability so passengers have fewer canceled or late buses. The following lines will be collapsed:

  • Line 4-Fessenden
  • Line 8-Jackson Park/NE 15th
  • Line 12-Barbur/boul. Sandy
  • Line 15-Belmont/NW 23rd
  • Line 17-Holgate/Broadway
  • Line 21-Blvd Sandy/223rd
  • Line 30-Estacada
  • Line 33-McLoughlin/King Road
  • Line 35-Macadam/Greeley
  • Line 52-Farmington/185th
  • Route 54-Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway
  • Line 56-Scholls Ferry Rd
  • Line 62 – Murray Boulevard
  • Line 67-Bethany/158th
  • Line 70-12th/NE 33rd Ave
  • 71-60th Avenue line
  • Line 75-Cesar Chavez/Lombard
  • Line 76-Hall/Greenburg
  • Line 77-Broadway/Halsey
  • Line 78-Denney/Kerr Pkwy

PORTLAND, Ore. (KPTV) — Due to a staffing shortage, TriMet plans to temporarily reduce hours of service.

TriMet said this reduction reduced bus service levels by approximately 9%. It brings the service back to the level TriMet adopted in April 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

All changes relate to weekday bus service. Most lines will follow the same levels of service as provided on Saturdays before the COVID-19 pandemic. For frequent service lines, this generally means that buses will arrive approximately every 15 minutes during the busiest travel times of the day.

TriMet hires bus drivers. You can apply here.

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Melvin Z. Madore