TriMet officially releases budget-balancing proposal

Mentioned in the Open Thread, but worthy of its own article. TriMet has officially released its new budget proposal (you can read the initial proposal here). Joseph Rose reports on the story here.

The highlights, many of which have been discussed previously:

  • Elimination of fare zones and Free Rail Zone.
  • Equalize MAX and bus transfer times
  • Eliminate round trips–transfers good for one direction of travel only
  • Adult 2-hour ticked would increase 10¢s; to $2.50; a day pass would remain at $5. Youth fares would go up 15¢s; to $1.65, Honored Citizen fares would remain at $1.
  • Numerous bus route reconfigurations and service hour reductions, including some routes which are truncated (and thus certain trips will now require a transfer) and elimination of some weekend service.
  • Reduction of MAX frequency to 3 tph (20 minute headways) outside of rush hour.
  • Elimination of Red Line service to Beaverton outside of peak hours, with the end of the line occurring downtown.
  • Reductions in LIFT service
  • $400k less to the Portland Streetcar

TriMet will have four open houses next week to discuss the proposal.

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