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TriMet to increase bus service in March

TriMet is restoring frequent service on 10 lines where service was reduced during the recession on March 3.

They are among TriMet's busiest lines, and will seen service restored to every 15 minutes or less crowding.

The increased service, totaling $3.1 million, is on top of $2.1 million TriMet invested in September 2013 on 20 bus lines and the addition of a new bus line between Sherwood and Tigard to better serve Washington County.

“We are excited to be adding service and reducing wait times on our busiest bus lines,” said TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane. “We are not done. We continue to look for funding resources to invest in additional service that will benefit our riders and create better connections throughout the region.”

The 10 lines, which are part of our Frequent Service network, are as follows:

6 - Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

8 - Jackson Park/NE 15th.

9 - Powell/Broadway.

12 - Barbur/Sandy Blvd.

14 - Hawthorne.

15 - Belmont/NW 23rd.

33 - McLoughlin.

54 - Beaverton/Hillsdale Hwy/56-Scholls Ferry Rd.

57 - TV Hwy/Forest Grove.

75 - Cesar Chavez/Lombard.

The above lines will join two existing bus lines, line 4-Divison/Fessenden and line 72-Killingsworth/82nd Ave, that currently have frequent (15-minute or better) service during the morning, midday and evening commute hours.

In addition, TriMet's busiest bus line, the Line 4, will see 15-minute or better service added on weekday evenings and all day on Saturdays also beginning on March 3.

A few other lines will also see adjustments as the spring service schedule begins on Sunday, March 2. The following routes will see some additional trips added and/or slight changes in trip times to better match schedules to traffic conditions.

16 - Front Ave/St Helens Rd.

21 - Sandy Blvd/223rd.

46-North Hillsboro.