Fareless Square Rail Only proposal
When Fareless Square began 34 years ago, there was only bus service in downtown Portland. In September with the MAX Green Line opening, all four MAX lines will travel through fareless, along with the Portland Streetcar. TriMet is proposing to limit Fareless Square to MAX and streetcar only. This makes nearly all trips within Fareless Square easily accessible by rail. The change would also take the confusion out of riding buses in fareless, since not all buses travel the length of the Mall, and buses would operate more efficiently through downtown. If approved by the board, the change would take effect on January 4, 2010.
*I Support this move, and have no further comment on it.
About 2 dozen bus lines will have frequency adjusted 2-4 minutes during non-rush hours
TriMet today unveiled additional service cuts to offset the ongoing recession. The proposal would mean that about two dozen bus lines would operate about 2-4 minutes less frequently during midday, evenings and on weekends. If approved, schedule changes would take effect on November 29, 2009.
Now, my take on it all-
So lets talk about this one. First, lets look at the plan:
Below I charted which lines are effected with what cuts. The midday cuts are adding 2-3 min to the frequency, most being 17 min apart instead of 15 between 9am and 3pm, Evenings are after 7pm and all day Saturday & Sunday.
Line Midday Cut Evening Cut Sat Cut Sun Cut
4 X X X X
continues until 10:30 p.m. On weekends, it begins by 8:00 a.m. and
continues until 10:30 p.m. Running buses frequently until 10:30 p.m.
matches service levels on MAX. Longer-term improvements (beyond
2010) aim for service at least every 10-12 minutes. While service
on these lines before 6:00 a.m. and after 10:30 p.m. may not be as
frequent as every 15 minutes, service on many of these routes during
the peaks can be as frequent as every three to five minutes.