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Hiring event set from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, at the Courtyard by Marriott near the Oregon Convention Center.

COURTESY PHOTO: KOIN 6 NEWS - A TriMet bus in downtown Portland.Changes have been made to some TriMet bus lines while the transit agency works to improve service amid the biggest operator shortage in its history.

In a news release sent Wednesday, May 11, titled "We're sorry," TriMet apologized for continued bus cancellations despite having already reduced service earlier in the year. Now, the agency says its {obj:62758:severe staffing shortfall} is affecting MAX lines and trains are getting canceled, too.

"We hate to see this as much as you hate not seeing your bus or train arrive," TriMet said in the release. "We're working hard to restore the service you need and deserve, but we really need your help."

To combat the shortage, TriMet is hosting a hiring event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, at the Courtyard by Marriott near the Oregon Convention Center. The agency also increased its hiring bonus to $7,500 for new bus drivers with a starting pay of $25.24 per hour. Job seekers can apply online.

Beginning Sunday, May 15, bus lines 4, 21, 33, 57, 62, 75 and 82 are all seeing changes to their schedules as part of TriMet's summer service improvements.

Among other major adjustments were Line 15 trips to the Gateway Transit Center, which will no longer make stops from Southwest 18th Avenue and Morrison Street to Southwest Second Avenue and Alder Street.

For the new routes, stops and a full list of schedule revisions, visit the TriMet website.

KOIN 6 News is a news partner of the Portland Tribune.


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