Our Plan to Restore Service
When we temporarily reduced service in early April, we told you it was a painful-but-necessary change that would help us bounce back when conditions improved.
We now have a plan and timeline for bouncing back.
Starting Monday, August 31st, regular weekday service will be restored on these lines:
4, 9, 12, 15, 17, 21, 30, 33, 35, 52, 54, 56, 62, 67, 70, 71, 75, 76, 77, 78
At that point, service will be at 90% of where we were pre-COVID. For the remaining lines that have been reduced, we plan to gradually add more service based on ridership, demand and financial resources. We’ll continue to prioritize routes that see overcrowding due to social distancing requirements and lines relied upon by low-income riders, communities of color, and other people who are transit-dependent.
When we reduced service, we decided not to eliminate routes (with one exception: Line 272 / PDX Night Bus). Instead, most lines ran on their weekend schedules all week. While the longer wait times between buses have been frustrating for all of us, it has made it easier for us to ramp service back up now.
We will not be moving forward with our previous service expansion plans for the coming year due to COVID-caused financial constraints. We need to get things back to where they were before we think about expanding again.
The safety of our riders and employees is something we cannot compromise on. Here are the steps we’re taking to keep people safe.
This is a step in the right direction, but we’re not there yet; don’t call it a comeback. But come August 30th, we’ll be a lot closer. We’re excited to see you again.