TriMet announced today that it has tweaked last month's list
of budget cuts that proposed eliminating 12 bus lines to save money.
The new proposal, which TriMet
says is a response to 1,500-plus public comments over the last six weeks, would instead eliminate five lines, modify four and combine three lines.
The five bus lines still proposed for elimination: 41-Tacoma, 74-Lloyd District/Southeast, 86-Alderwood, 153-South End Loop Road and 157-Happy Valley.
The four to be modified: 33-Fremont (keep weekday service but change the route to run only between Gateway Transit Center and Emanuel Hospital; eliminate evening and weekend service), 37-Lake Grove (service every 90 minutes rather than every 45 minutes), 55-Hamilton (run hourly instead of every 30 minutes), 156-Mather Road (keep weekday service and discontinue weekend service).
The three lines to be combined: 18-Hillside and Line 63-Washington Park would be combined to provide weekday service; Line 63 weekend service would be eliminated. Line 60-Leahy Rd would be combined with the new Cedar Mill line, which will replace the Cedar Mill Shuttle.
The public comment period on the new proposal runs through 5 p.m. Friday, April 10. You can email those comments to firstname.lastname@example.org; phone them in to 503-962-5806; FAX them to 503-962-6469; or mail them to TriMet-MK2, 4012 SE 17th Ave., Portland, OR 97202
And there's also another round of three public hearings on the revised plan:
Monday, April 6, 2009 – 4-7 p.m.
Wilson High School Cafeteria
1151 SW Vermont in Portland
Tuesday, April 7 - 4-7 pm
Portland Building Administration, second floor
1120 SW 5th Avenue
Wednesday, April 8 - 4-7 pm
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
12700 SE 82nd Avenue in Clackamas