TriMet approves new budget

TriMet approves new budget

TriMet's board of directors approved a new $485 million operating budget.

The budget for the fiscal year starting July 1 also offers a bright light for riders still smarting from last year's historic fare increases and service cuts: A ticket to ride is expected to stay the same, while TriMet will partially restore schedules that were slashed on 18 bus lines.

After dealing with $56 million in budget shortfalls since 2008, [General Manager Neil] McFarlane said the new budget focuses on reinvesting safety, service and the vehicle fleet "to ensure long-term reliability, safety and comfort."


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