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The regional transit agency has reduced service because of ridership declines caused by the COVID-19 crisis

PMG FILE PHOTO - TriMet announced service reductions on Sunday, April 5.TriMet cut service in response to sharp ridership declines because of the COVID-19 crisis on Sunday, April 5.

The regional transit agency reports ridership has dropped nearly 50% since February because schools have closed, businesses have shut down, and Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has ordered everyone to stay home except for essential trips.

"As we all work to slow the spread of COVID-19, we're glad that so many of you are now staying home and off of transit; but this decreased ridership comes at a cost, and we are facing some difficult decisions," said General Manager Doug Kelsey. "But I want you to know that TriMet will not stop fulfilling our essential role providing transportation for our customers and community."

According to TriMet, the agency took a compassionate, equitable and balanced approach to determine how best to reduce service based on the demand, while also serving the needs of our community and maintaining as much service as possible for those who must travel for essential purposes. Priority was placed on preserving access to hospitals and major health care providers, as well as major employment centers, the agency said.

Changes that took effect on Sunday include:

• 58 of TriMet's bus lines, or 68%, will see adjustments.

• Bus line adjustments were roughly built off TriMet's current Saturday service schedules.

• No line will have more than an hour between buses.

• Bus lines with weekend service will run on Sunday schedules all weekend long.

• All MAX lines will continue to run their full routes every 15 minutes throughout the majority of the weekday.

• MAX trains will run on Sunday schedules both Saturdays and Sundays.

• WES trains will run every 45 minutes, instead of every 30 minutes as single vehicles.

• LIFT paratransit service will continue as an on-demand service.

• Portland Streetcar has altered its weekday service to run on weekend schedules, with streetcars running every 20 minutes instead of more often.

You can find more details at trimet.org/alerts/reducedservice.htm.


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