Next March, buses on 10 of our popular Frequent Service lines will come more frequently during the day. Thanks to an improving budget outlook, we are happy to begin restoring 15-minute service—which had been cut over the last few years due to the recession—starting with mid-day hours on weekdays.
Effective Sunday, March 2, 2014, we’re bringing back 15-minute service during the day on the following lines:
- 6-Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
- 8-Jackson Park/NE 15th
- 9-Powell Blvd
- 12-Barbur/Sandy Blvd
- 15-Belmont/NW 23rd
- 54-Beaverton/Hillsdale Hwy/56-Scholls Ferry Rd
- 57-TV Hwy/Forest Grove
- 75-Cesar Chavez/Lombard
We’re also adding more buses on Line 4-Fessenden/Division during weekday evenings and all day on Saturdays.
For riders, this means less waiting, shorter travel times and better connections. Plus, when buses come more often, you have more flexibility in your schedule (and a better chance of getting a seat!). Many of our mid-day riders depend solely on transit to get around, so we know that better frequency makes a big difference.
Before the recession, “Frequent Service” meant that buses and MAX came every 15 minutes or better throughout the day, every day. We had to temporarily reduce frequency on these and other lines due to budget shortfalls. Today, we are in a position to begin restoring service, due to increased revenue from advertising, and lower health insurance costs for non-union employees.
Restoring Frequent Service has been a top priority for me, and improving mid-day service is just the first step. It will probably take a few years to get back to 15-minute frequency all day, every day—meaning evenings and weekends, too—but that’s our goal.
Stay tuned for more details about the service improvements coming up in March and the restoration of 15-minute Frequent Service. Be sure to sign up for email updates for the line(s) you ride to get the latest service updates.