The transit agency approved a budget that will see line 57 run all night in the coming months.

COURTESY MAP: TRIMET - The route map for bus line 57 shows where it runs east-west between downtown Forest Grove and the Beaverton Transit Center.Line 57 runs along the Tualatin Valley Highway corridor, providing TriMet bus riders with a reliable transit connection between Forest Grove and downtown Beaverton, with service to stops in Cornelius, Hillsboro and Aloha along the way.

In September, TriMet has announced, the bus line will become one of only two TriMet routes with 24-hour service.

"Thirteen lines will soon have will have more frequent buses or will run for more hours," the transit agency declared in a service update Wednesday, May 30. "We'll also be bringing back 24-hour service to two lines, the first time we've offered all-night service since 1986!"

The other bus route that is moving to 24-hour service is line 20, which runs between the Beaverton Transit Center and the Gresham Central Transit Center.

"Once those two lines are going 24 hours, we will have 24-hour service stretching from Forest Grove to Gresham daily, essentially," said Tia York, a TriMet spokeswoman. "So that's a key east-west connection."

STAFF PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER OERTELL - A line 57 bus serves a stop along the Highway 8 corridor in Washington County.Line 57 currently runs about two to four times per hour, depending on the time of day. Buses are a regular sight throughout much of the day along Highway 8 — which is signed as Pacific Avenue in Forest Grove, Adair and Baseline streets through most of Cornelius, Tualatin Valley Highway from Cornelius to Beaverton, and Canyon Road through most of Beaverton. With the change, they will run through the night as well.

York said the change to 24-hour service is being made because TriMet recognizes that "not everyone works 9-to-5."

"It has been more than 30 years, and really, we are just trying to keep up with the shift work and changing economy and growth patterns and travel patterns," York said, adding, "In the past, as the need decreased, we stopped offering that 24-hour service. But once again, we see a need that can be fulfilled here."

Lines 20 and 57 are not the only two bus routes serving Washington County communities that will see increased service with the coming changes.

The hours of operation for lines 61 and 64, which run between Oregon Health & Science University in Southwest Portland and transit centers in Beaverton and Tigard respectively, are being extended. Line 96, which runs between Tualatin and downtown Portland, will be bolstered with more frequent midday service.

Line 57 schedule changes will take effect in September, York confirmed, as will most of the other TriMet bus service improvements being made as part of the transit agency's fiscal year 2019 budget. The remainder are slated for implementation in March 2019.

By Mark Miller
Editor, Forest Grove News-Times
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