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The regional transit agency said it adjusted many bus schedules to speed service and increase reliability.

COURTESY PHOTO: KOIN 6 NEWS - A TriMet bus in downtown Portlnd.TriMet said it is speeding up trips and improving reliability on several bus lines starting Sunday, Sept. 5.

The regional transit agency announced that it evaluated service levels and the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic before deciding on improvements it could implement before the fall season. It says the new adjustments will match ridership and traffic conditions.

In Northwest Portland, TriMet separated the Thurman section from the rest of Line 15-Belmont/Northwest 23rd. Line 15 will continue to service its primary route between Northwest Portland and the Gateway Transit Center.

A new bus, Line 26-Thurman/Northwest 18th, now serves existing stops on Northwest 18th Avenue, 19th Avenue and Thurman Street, as well as at Providence Park.

In Washington County, TriMet combined Line 93-Tigard/Sherwood and Line 94-Pacific Highway/Sherwood. This means people who used the former line 94 gained weekend and holiday service. The combined line goes by the line number 94.

In Oregon City, Line 32-Oatfield began serving Oregon City High School. TriMet said the completion of the Meyers Road extension provides better access to the school at the southern end of the route. After stopping for riders at the high school, the bus goes to Clackamas Community College.

TriMet made a small adjustment to Line 11-Rivergate/Marine Drive by eliminating a low-ridership portion of Line 11. The agency hopes this will speed up buses through the industrial employment corridor.

To help improve speeds on Line 19-Woodstock/Glisan, TriMet said it reduced the number of trips serving Union Manor and the Rex Loop while continuing to provide service along the entire line.

On Line 39-Lewis & Clark, TriMet removed a little-used loop to the Graduate School of Education at Lewis and Clark College.

TriMet is encouraging riders on lines 8, 12, 47, 74, 80, 82, and 87 to check the schedule because the agency has made adjustments to these lines. TriMet said riders who use the Gateway/Northeast 99th Avenue and Tigard transit centers should plan extra time to adjust to updates to bus stop locations.

Before the pandemic, TriMet said it was in the largest continuous bus service expansion in the agency's history. However, the funding challenges presented by the pandemic put much of the expansion plan on hold.

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