Public Transportation Services in Washington County
Keep Oregon Moving (HB 2017) created the Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund (STIF) for transit operations and capital expenditures. The dedicated funding comes from an employee payroll tax of 0.1%
Washington County received STIF funds from Oregon Department of Transportation to provide community connector and last mile solutions inside the TriMet Service District and public transportation services in the Rural Service Area outside TriMet and South Metro Area Regional Transit (SMART) service districts. Washington County contracted with Ride Connection to provide these services and leverage other Ride Connection services funded by other federal and state resources.
The County contracts with Ride Connection to provide or supplement the services listed in Table 1.
Table 1: Community connector and last-mile services (funded by STIF FY 2018-19 through FY 2020-21).
|Washington County-funded Service||Service Description||Washington County-funded Expansions and Planned Expansions|
|Grovelink||Public transportation for the Forest Grove community. Extending beyond TriMet’s line 57, the GroveLink bus serves a greater part of the city, helping to link residents with downtown locales as well as with TriMet bus line 57. View map and schedule||Expansion will add up to 10 service hours per weekend day, span and frequency based on community need.|
|North Hillsboro Link||Serving North Hillsboro businesses with frequent stops at Orenco Station. View map and schedule.||Expansion added five additional operational hours Mon-Fri, plus new service on weekends, adding 15 operational hours each day.|
|Tualatin Shuttle||Provides transportation for commuters to and from the Tualatin WES Commuter Rail Station. View map and schedule.||Expansion will add up to two hours per day, five days a week.|
|Rural Work Force Shuttle||Public shared-ride or micro-transit to serve farm, nursery and other agricultural industry workforce needs.||Planning underway; service expected to begin in 2021.|
Table 2: Public transportation services outside TriMet and SMART service districts
|Ride Connection-funded Service||Service Description||Washington County funded Expansion|
|WestLink||The WestLink bus brings riders to and from the Hillsboro Transit center via pickups in Banks and North Plains. View map and schedule.||Expansion of WestLink includes two additional runs and a revised route that better meets the needs of the community.|
Ride Connection and its partner agencies provide rides for any purpose including medical, meals, shopping, recreation, and volunteering or work. The service picks up riders at their chosen destinations, takes them where they need to goand picks them up when they are ready.
Ride services are provided door to door. In some cases, drivers may be able to offer more assistance and help with bags.
Expanded services include:
|Inter-regional coordination||Tillamook County Transportation District’s WAVE provides service between Tillamook and Portland. Fare is free between Banks/North Plains and Portland through a Ride Connection subsidy. View map and schedule.||Coordinate with Tillamook WAVE, Yamhill and Columbia County transit providers to add stops and service.|