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Regional transit agency is making changes to better meet the needs of area residents who don't just work downtown.

KOIN 6 NEWS - Service changes take effect March 4.TriMet is launching three new bus lines improving the service on 10 others on March 4.

The regional transit agency says the changes are part of a 10-year expansion policy to better align service with population growth patterns and ease traffic congestion. Some are the result of enhancement plans for different quadrants of TriMet's service district.

The Service Enhancement Plans acknowledge that a growing number of riders no longer commute from suburbs to downtown Portland for work. More and more people live and work entirely outside the urban core and want transit lines that efficiently serve their needs.

The three new lines are:

• Line 74-162nd Ave, which will travel the length of 162nd Avenue between Southeast Powell Boulevard and Northeast Airport Way, and serve Columbia Corridor, where many jobs are now located. Service will about every 30 to 35 minutes, Monday through Friday.

• Line 42-Denney/Hall, which will provide new service between the Tigard Transit Center, Washington Square and the Beaverton Transit Center, where it will connect to the MAX Blue and Red lines. The route also brings new bus service to portions of Southwest Denney Road and Southwest Hall Boulevard. Service will runs about every 30 to 35 minutes, Monday through Friday.

• Line 82-South Gresham, which will cover a portion of the former Line 87-Airport Way/181st route and connect to grocery stores, other shopping outlets and bus service in east Gresham. Service will run about every 40-45 minutes, Monday through Friday.

In addition, TriMet is realigning the rotues of Line 81-Kane/257th and Line 152-Milwaukie to better connect to such employment centers as Mount Hood Community College, the Troutdale Airport Business Park, International Way, and Clackamas Community College Harmoney Campus.

And TriMet is adding service, changing schedules and creating new stops on eight other lines throughout the region, from the Gateway Transit Center to Southwest Portland to Oak Grove.

As part of the 10-year expansion plan, TriMet has added 512 new buses since 2012, reducing the average age of its fleet to about seven years. The newer buses improve reliability, use cleaner-burning fuel technologies that reduce carbon emissions, and offer a smoother ride.

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