Longer waits at SW Portland bus stops
Beginning this week, passengers in Southwest Portland still counting on TriMet to get to and from work will have to wait longer for their regular bus, unless they work on Marquam Hill.
Service reductions due to there being so many fewer riders these days went into effect on Sunday April 5.
TriMet said weekly ridership has dropped more than 63% from the previous year after Oregon Gov. Kate Brown issued her Stay-at-Home order on March 23.
Here's how regular weekday service on local bus lines will be affected. For exact arrival times under the reduced schedule, check www.TriMet.org.
12 BARBUR - Service on Line 12 will be reduced by about half, with start and end times remaining about the same. The weekday schedule will be basically the pre-Covid Saturday schedule, with a bus every 15 minutes during rush hours.
54 BEAVERTON-HILLSDALE HIGHWAY - Line 54 will run on Saturday schedule, and on weekends will run on the Sunday schedule. That represents a 20% reduction of service.
44 CAPITOL HIGHWAY - On weekdays Line 44 will run on Saturday schedule, and on weekends will run on Sunday schedule. That's a 60% reduction of service. The resumption of construction work on Capitol Higway through Multnomah Village will also mean changes. Monday, April 6 through Wednesday, April 8 from 7 a.m.- 5 p.m., there will be no service between SW Capitol & Garden Home and SW Capitol & 33rd due to the Capitol Highway Project.
61, 64, 66 and 68 MARQUAM HILL – So that essential medical staff can get to and from OHSU and the other medical institutions on Marquam Hill, there will be no changes to the schedules for these bus lines from Beaverton (61),Tigard (64), Hollywood District (66) and Collins Circle (68).
43 TAYLORS FERRY ROAD - Service on Line 43 will be reduced by about half, with start times remaining about the same and end times about a half hour earlier.
45 GARDEN HOME - On weekdays Line 45 will run on Saturday schedule, and on weekends will run on Sunday schedule.
1 VERMONT - Service on Line 1 will be reduced by about half, with start and end times remaining about the same.
55 HAMILTON - Service on Line 55 will be reduced by about half.
Riders should be ready for other adjustments as well. TriMet is limiting the number of riders on buses to 15 people to reduce the spread of COVID-19.The restriction began at 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 2.
Ridership is so low on most of the Southwest Portland lines that TriMet's new restrictions on the number of passengers per bus may not have a great impact. For a busy line like the 12 Barbur, however, there may be some disruptions for riders.
"This is a temporary adjustment to further help those who must ride during this time maintain social distance from each other. By keeping the amount of riders on board low enough, they will be able to space themselves out from others and the operator," TriMet said.
The restrictions were imposed three days after TriMet announced that the first employee, an operator, tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The agency said the Beaverton-based operator had been home since March 20 and health authorities said his threat to others was small.
If there appears to be more than 10 to 15 people on board, the bus operator will ask riders at a stop to wait for the next bus. The operator will alert TriMet's Operations Control Center if the bus is at capacity. TriMet staff will monitor how bus lines are operating and may make adjustments if we see long wait times.
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