January 31, 2020

Transit service in Multnomah County will be expanded to several urban job centers, while transit will be extended to some rural areas thanks to funds the county is receiving from the “Keep Oregon Moving" state legislation passed in 2017.

House Bill 2017 created the State Transportation Improvement Fund, which includes funds for transit services in urban and rural parts of Multnomah County and other Oregon counties. Multnomah County worked with TriMet and the cities of Portland and Troutdale to identify two new shuttle services to serve urban job centers.

Job Connector shuttles will serve areas where regular fixed route transit such as TriMet bus routes do not work well, due to service hours or passenger numbers that don’t warrant regular bus service. The new transit services will serve job centers where shift work happens at different times of day and many employees earn wages in the middle range.

In February, shuttle services will begin service to these Job Connector areas:

  • Troutdale Reynolds Industrial Park: Service begins Saturday, February 1. This service runs on TriMet’s Line 81 route between Gresham Transit Center (TriMet Stop 2253) and Amazon/FedEx (TriMet Stop 13975). This service will operate on Saturday and Sunday in the morning and afternoon. Service hours are from 4:45 am to 7:15 am and from 5 pm to 7 pm.
  • Swan Island: Service begins Monday, February 3. This service runs on TriMet’s Line 85 route between the Rose Quarter (TriMet Stop 2592) and FedEx on Swan Island (TriMet Stop 11950). This service will operate evenings, Monday to Friday, from 6:30 pm to 12:30 am.

A planning effort has also begun for transit service improvements in rural Multnomah County. Funding for rural transit is limited to about $50,000 per year, so investments will need to be strategic. The County hopes to launch a limited transit service in the rural area later in 2020.

The new transit services will support Multnomah County Transportation’s efforts to reduce traffic congestion, increase access to jobs, improve rural transportation, and reduce air pollution. For more information about the County’s transit services and future planning, visit https://multco.us/transit-services.