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TriMet announces service cut proposal


The Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet) recently announced its final service cut proposal, which would help bridge the agency’s $27 million budget gap for fiscal-year 2011.

In addition to service cuts, TriMet plans to take other actions, including a salary and hiring freeze, and 5 cent fare increase.

Service cuts, which would take effect in September, include some changes to all MAX light-rail lines, as well as changes to about 50 bus lines.

TriMet is proposing to reduce frequency by about two minutes on all MAX lines on evenings and weekends. In early mornings and during late evenings, schedules would be adjusted by about four minutes. On its WES commuter-rail line, TriMet expects to maintain service, but will monitor ridership, agency officials said in a prepared statement.

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