Tri County Metropolitan Transportation District - TriMet
of riders choose to take TriMet instead of driving
rides are taken by seniors and people with disabilities
Scroll down to learn about TriMet's Better Transit goals, service enhancements and impacts, and to hear local stories of how Better Transit would impact the people of this community.
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The Portland Metro region is expected to add more than 400,000 people and 260,000 jobs by 2035, making it one of the fastest growing places in the country. In order to maintain the region's high quality of life, TriMet knows it must do its part to help curb congestion and keep the economy moving. TriMet has identified the following goals to meet the current and future transportation needs of the region.
Make Transit a Lifestyle Choice
Many in the region choose to take TriMet for their transportation needs. However, TriMet wants to make it easier for those living further from Downtown Portland to access jobs and educational opportunities without a car.
Support Economic Development
Continue to drive economic development by producing living-wage jobs, providing an amenity to employers, helping freight move more freely, and leveraging federal funds in the region.
Serve the Transit Dependent
Provide better access to jobs, education, healthcare, affordable and healthy food, affordable housing, and essential services for seniors, people with disabilities, and low-income community members.
Promote a Healthy Environment
Without improved transit, it is estimated that traffic congestion will increase three-fold. TriMet wants to help reduce traffic congestion, make our air cleaner and create more walkable neighborhoods.
With Better Transit, TriMet could complete its vision of The Future of Transit, creating a more equitable transit system by better connecting suburban areas to jobs and education, and providing community-driven enhancement projects throughout the region.
Note: All proposed Better Transit Service enhancements are contingent on the availability of additional transit funding
The Future of Transit would provide completely new or reconfigured bus lines to currently underserved areas. These lines have been prioritized by riders, employers and community partners as a way to provide new access to jobs, educational opportunities and lower-income neighborhoods.
- Downtown to NE Portland – Alberta/Prescott
- Rockwood – 148th Ave
- East Portland – 122nd Ave
- Oregon City to Clackamas – Jennings/HWY 21
- Hillsboro to Beaverton - Baseline/Jenkins Rd
- Washington County - Baseline/Evergreen Rd
- Beaverton - Scholls Ferry
TriMet could also make enhancements to 20+ bus, light rail and commuter train routes throughout the region. These enhancements would provide:
- Earlier and later service
- Better connections
- Faster trips
- Less waiting
- Better coverage
- Easier access to shopping and social services
Meet Jenny Glass
"Build a safe, prosperous, vibrant and inclusive community."
TriMet serves a large area, and it does it well. However, communities throughout the Portland Metropolitan region have identified gaps in their transit service. Many living in East Portland, Beaverton, Hillsboro and other suburban cities are currently without reliable transportation to Downtown Portland and the major employment and education centers of the region.
Jenny Glass, Executive Director of The Rosewood Initiative, works with neighbors in East Portland and West Gresham. They have worked with TriMet and many other community members to craft a vision for the future of transit in their neighborhood. It includes better North-South service, increased access to opportunities, and more reliable and accessible transit. Better Transit will allow TriMet to make this vision a reality.
Meet Corky Collier
"Support the area's growing and diverse workforce"
Bill Wyatt, Executive Director at the Port of Portland, believes TriMet's proposed service enhancements will be instrumental in helping employees access expanding job centers in the region. Many of these centers, like the Troutdale Reynolds Industrial Park and Gresham Vista Business Park, are hard to get to by public transportation, making it difficult for many to access these jobs.
"GETTING PEOPLE TO THOSE JOBS HAS ALWAYS BEEN A CHALLENGE"
The Columbia Corridor provides good, living-wage jobs to communities of color from all around the region. However, getting to these jobs often requires a car, meaning more household expenses and additional congestion on the roads. Corky Collier, Executive Director of the Columbia Corridor Association, has helped TriMet identify ways to better serve employees traveling to the region, and provide an affordable way to get to and from work.
Meet Sam Blackman
TriMet is good for the economy
Whether it's catalyzing new development, luring new businesses, reducing congestion costs or saving riders money, the transit service provided by TriMet is good for the region's economy - and business leaders from around the Portland Metropolitan region are excited about having new services in their communities.
Linda Moholt, CEO of the Tualatin Chamber of Commerce, says, "With over 90% of our employees commuting in and out of Tualatin every day, transit will play a huge role in reducing congestion."
Sam Blackman, CEO of Elemental Technologies, decided to locate his business in Portland in part because of access to Trimet. Providing better services to other commercial centers in the region can have a similar effect of attracting new business and employment to the area. However, TriMet will need Better Transit to take advantage of this opportunity.