TriMet Reduces Bus Service Due to Severe Staffing Shortage
This Oct. 3, 2011 shows a TriMet bus stopping for passengers at a bus stop, in Hillsboro. Ore. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

PORTLAND, Ore. — This week, TriMet is implementing service reductions to bus service due to a severe staffing shortage.

“With employee attrition and not enough applicants to meet our expected hiring goals, we are facing the most significant operator shortfall in agency history,” said TriMet in a statement.

Bus service is being cut back by nearly 10%.  TriMet says doing so will increase schedule reliability so riders experience fewer canceled or late buses.

These 21 bus lines have adjusted weekday service:

  • Line 4-Fessenden
  • Line 8-Jackson Park/NE 15th
  • Line12-Barbur/Sandy Blvd
  • Line 15-Belmont/NW 23rd
  • Line 17-Holgate/Broadway
  • Line 21-Sandy Blvd/223rd
  • Line30-Estacada
  • Line 32-Oatfield
  • Line 33-McLoughlin/King Rd
  • Line 35-Macadam/Greeley
  • Line 52-Farmington/185th
  • Line 54-Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy
  • Line 56-Scholls Ferry Rd
  • Line 62-Murray Blvd
  • Line 67-Bethany/158th
  • Line 70-12th/NE 33rd Ave
  • Line 71-60th Ave
  • Line 75-Cesar Chavez/Lombard
  • Line 76-Hall/Greenburg
  • Line 77-Broadway/Halsey
  • Line78-Denney/Kerr Pkwy

The transit agency has increased starting pay to $21.36/hour plus a $2,500 signing bonus to attract new recruits.

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