Roads and Transit News February 2024

TriMet continues implementing the Forward Together Service Concept focused on growing ridership and improving connections for people with low and limited incomes. While the full implementation of Forward Together will take 3-6 years (dependent on our recovery from the ongoing operator shortage), here are the changes that will affect people in Cedar Mill and Bethany.

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Existing service: Line 47 will no longer serve PCC/Bethany

“We propose to move Line 47 to provide new service to Intel’s Ronler Acres campus and serve the Willow Creek MAX Station via 185th Avenue. Service on Bronson Road, 174th Ave and Laidlaw Rd would discontinue due to low ridership. Line 67 buses would arrive earlier and later to serve riders in the Bethany neighborhood. Line 52 would become Frequent Service, so buses arrive every 15 minutes or better, most of the day, every day. Riders will see the first bus service changes from these proposals as early as August 2024.

We want your feedback! If you have comments or suggestions about these proposals, please let us know by Feb. 11, 2024. (There are no more open houses but there is a comment form at the bottom of this page.)

Three projects totaling $1 million were approved by the Washington County Board of Commissioners during its Jauary 23 meeting. The Urban Road Maintenance District Advisory Committee unanimously voted to recommend the projects to the Board in August. The projects are funded by the Urban Road Maintenance District. Only one of the projects is in our area.

Woodstove Exchange

Waterhouse Trail Pedestrian Crossings: We will build ramps and stripe pedestrian crossings where the Waterhouse Trail intersects with Brandberry Drive, Somerset Drive, Charlais Street, and Paisley Drive. Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District will contribute $100,000 to the project. The crossings will complement our in-progress pedestrian-activated crossing signal installation where the trail crosses Laidlaw Road.

Including these projects, the Pedestrian and Biking Improvement program has funded 75 projects totaling over $38 million. The program’s size was reduced this year. Learn about Pedestrian and Biking Improvement project funding.

The Vision for Transit online open house and survey is open for public comment until March 1. It includes draft recommendations on how we can support and improve transit in Washington County over the next 20 years. We’re asking for feedback on how well these recommendations will improve safety, accessibility, convenience, and overall experiences to encourage transit ridership. Visit the open house and survey, learn more about the Vision for Transit.