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Line 24-Fremont/NW 18th Ave is the first time a scheduled line crosses the Fremont Bridge since it opened in 1973.

COURTESY TRIMET - TriMet is starting the first-ever bus line over the Fremont Bridge.TriMet kicked off its Spring 2019 service improvements with the first run a historic bus line connecting North and Northwest Portland on Friday morning.

The ceremonial 10 a.m. run of new Line 24-Fremont/NW 18th Ave marked the first time a schedule line crossed the Fremont Bridge since it opened in 1973.

The new line extends the Line 24-Fremont bus line from Legacy Emanuel Hospital in North Portland across the bridge to the Slabtown, Northwest, Alphabet and Goose Hollow neighborhoods. it includes frequent and weekend service.

According to TriMet, the new Line 24-Fremont/NW 18th Ave offers a quick, reliable link between Portland's east and west sides with a connection to MAX Blue and Red lines at Providence Park in Southwest Portland.

The March 1 run followed a press conference at the hospital by TriMet General Manager Doug Kelsey, state Rep. Barbara Smith Warner, (D) Dist. 45, state Rep. Mitch Greenlick (D) Dist. 33; Portland Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, and Northwest District Association Presdient Ciaran Connelly.

Other changes that start on Sunday, March 3, improve service in Clackamas County. Affected lines include:

• Line 31-Webster Rd, which is a new bus line between the Clackamas Town Center and the Oregon City Transit Center.

• Line 79-Clackamas/Oregon City, which is improved between Clackamas and Oregon City by rerouting Line 79 to 82nd Avenue, I-205 and Washington Street to provide a more direct trip.

• Line 6-Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, where schedules are being adjusted throughout the day, with some trips leaving earlier.

• Line 14-Hawthorne, where schedules are being adjusted throughout the day, with some trips leaving earlier.

• Line 16-Front Ave/St Helens Rd, where schedules are being adjusted throughout the day, with some trips leaving earlier.

• Line 35-Macadam/Greeley, where the first weekday trip to Oregon City will be leaving Lake Oswego Transit Center four minutes earlier. Trips that serve the Sellwood Bridgehead stops are being added to printed schedules.

• Line 38-Boones Ferry Rd, where schedules are being adjusted throughout the day, with some trips leaving later.

• Line 58-Canyon Rd, where schedules are being adjusted throughout the day, with some trips leaving later.

• Line 61-Marquam Hill/Beaverton, where the scheduled morning trip leaving Beaverton Transit Center at 7:45 a.m., will leave 9 minutes earlier at 7:36 a.m.

• Line 71-60th Ave, where schedules are being adjusted throughout the day, with some trips leaving earlier and some trips leaving later.

• Line 291-Orange Night Bus, where weekday trips will start at the Union Station/NW 5th & Glisan MAX Station four minutes earlier.

Lines with minor schedule upgrades include: Line 9-Powell; Line 20-Burnside/Stark; Line 44-Capitol Hwy/Mocks Crest; Line 51-Vista; and Line 75-Cesar Chavez/Lombard.

The improvements are being funded in part by an increase in the regional payroll tax approved by the TriMet board of directors and Trimet's share of a statewide payroll tax for transit approved by the 2017 Oregon Legislature.

You can learn more here.


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