TriMet to receive $184 million in federal funding

May 19 2020, 3:01 pm

TriMet, Portland’s transportation leader, will receive $184 million in funding to continue service through harsh economic times.

President Donald Trump made the announcement in a tweet on Tuesday, adding that funding will also be directed to San Francisco’s BART, Seattle’s Sound Transit, and DC’s MATA.

This will keep workers on the job and help the economic recovery by ensuring reliable transportation,” Trump wrote in his tweet.

TriMet has revised its guidelines for riding transit in Portland and its surrounding areas, issuing a notice for changes coming on May 20.

The company requests that citizens use public transit for essential travel only. Seats have also been restricted on buses and streetcars, providing safe distance between riders, and riders will be asked to wear face masks.

Scarfs, bandannas and fabric masks are all okay, so long as they cover your nose and mouth,” wrote TriMet. “Medical masks (like an N95) are not needed – save them for health care workers.”

For the entire update from TriMet, check out their refreshed guidelines.