Mayor’s Corner: October 2023

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Proposed TriMet Service Changes

TriMet has released their proposed route changes for the fiscal year 2024 – 2025 and is looking for community input on these changes.  TriMet is changing routes in order to improve connections and add frequency to routes.  TriMet will be holding an in-person event on Tuesday, October 24, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Muslim Educational Trust, 10330 SW Scholls Ferry Road, in Tigard or a Zoom meeting event on October 25 from 5 to 7 p.m.  You can get the Zoom link information at trimet.org/betterbus/servicechanges-fy25proposed.htm#openhouses.  This is your chance to let TriMet representatives know if you support the changes or not.  

What are the changes that may be of concern to you in our area, you ask?

Move Line 96 to Boones Ferry Rd to serve Lake Grove, Mountain Park and PCC Sylvania, ending at Barbur Transit Center.  The I-5 express service to Portland would be discontinued due to low ridership.

Line 97 and Line 37 would merge to improve connections between Sherwood, Tualatin, and Lake Oswego.

Line 76 would move to 72nd Ave to serve the Tigard Triangle, and Line 12 would extend to Bridgeport Village via Hall Blvd. Line 76 hourly service would extend east to the Oregon City Transit Center via Borland Rd, I-205, and Willamette Falls Dr to provide better connections between Tualatin and the communities of Clackamas County.

Line 44 service between PCC Sylvania and St. Johns would increase with buses coming more often, for more hours of the day, every day.

My feedback to TriMet is that it is very important to take into consideration the Autumn Sunrise development, the Plambeck Garden Apartments, as well as future commercial development in our Basalt Creek Urban Renewal Zone.  Frequent service is needed on Boones Ferry Road in the Basalt Creek area, and connections to the rest of the system are critical for existing and future residents/workers in the area.  While I realize ridership on the 96 is down, I have heard from many residents that they would like that express line to continue, given possible tolling and lack of Max service.  East-west service along Borland Road going to/from Oregon City is also a priority with ODOT’s tolling initiative and possible future development in the Stafford area.

To review all the proposed changes and provide feedback online, visit trimet.org/betterbus/servicechanges-fy25proposed.htm.