The history of TriMet, the Portland region’s public transit agency, is steeped in Oregon’s fabled pioneering spirit. Founded 45 years ago from the ashes of the bankrupt Rose City Transit, TriMet has been profoundly influential in shaping the growth and character of the Portland region. Through innovations in policy development, system design and technological advancement, TriMet continues to set benchmarks for the transit industry at home and abroad.


TriMet develops a Transit Investment Plan (TIP), a rolling 5-year guide for directing transit and transportation investment in the region.

A new bus connection

Line 97-Tualatin-Sherwood Rd begins service, the first direct transit connection between the two communities.

Payroll tax increase approved

An increase of the employer payroll and self-employment taxes by one-tenth of one percent of is approved, effective January 2016. This will fund service expansion in the growing region.

More new buses

Seventy-seven new buses, known as the 3500-series, go into service.

Rose Quarter MAX Improvements

Portions of 30-year-old trackway near the Rose Quarter Transit Center are replaced and updated, including switches, signals and overhead wire. Three stations close and service is disrupted for two weeks as the project takes place.

First Avenue MAX Improvements

Portions of 30-year-old trackway along First Avenue in Downtown Portland are replaced and updated, including switches and drainages. Service is disrupted for two weeks while the project takes place.

MAX at 30

MAX enters its third decade of service, with five light rail lines covering 60 miles of track and giving more than 40 million rides a year.

Ruby Junction officially opens in advance of the Banfield Line operations

Idea of Light Rail

Freeways are withdrawn and the governor's task force turns attention to TriMet. Multnomah County begins to make reference to "light rail" - inspired by Toronto.

Neil Goldschmidt becomes Mayor

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