March 22nd, 2010 | by HANK STERN News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, CLEAN UP

TriMet's Revised List of Proposed Cuts

     
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After having four five open houses to discuss its proposed solutions for a $27 million budget shortfall, TriMet this afternoon announced a revised series of proposed service cuts to take effect in September.

The agency also has added three more public hearings, all from 4:30 pm-6:30 pm on the following dates and at the following locations: April 6 at Clackamas Community College's Oregon City campus (McLoughlin Auditorium, 19600 Mollala Ave.); April 7 at the Portland Building (second-floor auditorium, 1120 SW 5th Ave..); and April 8 at Portland Adventist Academy (library, 1500 SE 96th Ave.)

Here are all the details from TriMet's release about the changes (sorry, the proposed nickel increase in the fare is still in there)



REVISED SERVICE CUTS PROPOSAL

Based on public comments and concerns to keep connections to jobs and other services, some of the proposed cuts have been restored, and other lines may have additional adjustments proposed. In all, about 50 bus lines are proposed to have some changes with 11 of those lines to have more significant reductions (27, 32, 45, 51, 58, 65, 73, 155, 157; changes to Line 35 and 154 will take effect in June). All MAX lines are proposed to have some changes, and TriMet is exploring potential changes to WES. Riders are encouraged to check the revised proposal online at trimet.org.


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3 bus lines proposed to be discontinued rather than 4

TriMet is proposing to eliminate three bus lines rather than four lines that have low ridership and/or have alternative service nearby: 27-Market/Main, 65-MarquamHill/Barbur Blvd and 157-Happy Valley. Some of the service from Line 65 will be shifted to one or two other bus lines that serve OHSU (Lines 61, 64). Line 154-Willamette has been taken off the proposed cuts list.

No weekend bus lines will be eliminated

TriMet had proposed to eliminate some or all weekend service on three lines due to low ridership: 32-Oatfield (Saturday service), 45-Garden Home (Sunday service) and 80-Kane/Troutdale (both Saturday and Sunday service). TriMet is now proposing no elimination, but Line 45 will have some route changes for Sunday service, and lines 32 and 80 will have a decreased span of service.

Proposed bus frequency changes



  • Weekday schedule reductions on 24 bus lines:


ü Reduce the frequency by 2-3 minutes during non-rush hour and by 2-10 minutes in the evenings on 13 lines (Lines 4, 6, 8, 9, 12, 14, 15, 17, 20, 33, 57, 70, 71); four of those lines will have 2-3 minute changes during rush hour (33, 57, 70, 71).

ü On 11 lines, reduce the frequency 2-10 minutes throughout various times during the service day (16, 24, 32, 43, 44, 52, 58, 62, 68, 73, 77).

  • Weekend schedule reductions: reduce the frequency of 12 bus lines up to 6 minutes (4, 6, 8, 9, 12, 14, 15, 20, 33, 54/56, 57, 75); frequency change from every 30 to every 60 minutes on Line 58 on Sundays.



  • Eliminate select trips: eliminate select weekday trips on six lines where capacity is available (1, 51, 85, 92, 94, 99).



  • Reduce span of service on weekdays and/or weekends: eliminate the first and/or last trip with low ridership on 15 lines (8, 9, 24, 28, 32, 45, 48, 51, 55, 70, 73, 80, 85, 88, 155); on five of those lines, more than the first/last trip will be eliminated (48, 51, 70, 73, 155).



  • Eliminate low-ridership portion of five routes (33, 34, 43, 53, 67).



  • Adjust schedules by 10 minutes or more on seven bus lines (18, 24, 33, 34, 38, 87, 96)


MAX service – proposal has not changed


The start and end times of MAX service and rush hour service remain the same. TriMet is proposing to reduce frequency by about 2 minutes on all lines midday, evenings and weekends, from every 15 minutes to about every 17 minutes in off peak hours. In the early mornings and late evening, schedules would be adjusted by about four minutes.

WES service

We are exploring reductions to WES service with our riders and jurisdictional partners that include: eliminate the last round trip of the day, reduce frequency to every 45 minutes instead of the current 30 minutes or no change to the service.

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Fare increase

TriMet is also proposing to increase fares five cents to help keep pace with inflation. TriMet typically increases fares nearly every year. The last fare increase was September 2008.

 
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