The events will be held throughout the regional transit agency's service district in September, beginning on Tuesday in Northwest Portland.

PORTLAND TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - TriMet will receive $49 million a year from a new state payroll tax.TriMet will seek public comment on how to expand service at seven open houses in the region in September.

In addition to presenting information on recent service improvements, the regional transit agency will seek feedback on how it plans to spend the additional $49 million a year it expects to receive from the transit payroll tax approved by the 2017 Oregon Legislature.

"The funding is intended to improve and expand service, especially in areas with a high-percentage of low-income households," TriMet said when it announced the open houses on Friday.

Plans in the works include a five-year Public Transportation Improvement Plan, which grew out of the legislative funding, known as the Keep Oregon Moving Act.

The open house schedule is:

Northwest Portland - Tuesday, Sept. 11, noon to 2 p.m., White Stag Building, Rooms 142/144, 70 NW Couch St., Portland

Milwaukie - Wednesday, Sept. 12, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., CCC Harmony West, Room 120, 7726 SE Harmony Rd., Milwaukie

Hillsboro - Thursday, Sept. 13, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Hillsboro Civic Center, C113b & C113c, 150 E. Main St., Hillsboro

Tigard - Tuesday, Sept. 18, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Oregon Ballroom, Blue Room, 8900 SW Commercial St., Tigard

Southeast Portland - Wednesday, Sept. 19, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Asian Health & Services Center, Room B, 9035 SE Foster Rd., Portland

Gresham - Thursday, Sept. 20, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Gresham City Hall, Oregon Trail Room, 1333 NW Eastman Parkway, Gresham

North Portland - Tuesday, Sept. 25, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Self Enhancement Inc., Auditorium, 3920 N. Kerby Ave., Portland

Regional leaders believe expanded TriMet service essential to meet the transportation needs of the greater Portland area that is expected to have around 400,000 new residents by 2035.

Information on TriMet's expansion plans can be found at and

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