TriMet secures $5.6 million in federal grants for improvements to Beaverton Transit Center

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BEAVERTON Ore. (KPTV) – TriMet has received a $5.6 million federal grant to remodel bus waiting areas and upgrade operator break facilities in Beaverton.

Upgrades are planned for the Beaverton Transit Center. It comes from $1.66 billion in grants awarded by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to 150 transit agencies across the country and is part of the bipartisan infrastructure law passed in 2021.

The Beaverton Transit Center dates back to the mid-1980s and is due for an upgrade, according to a TriMet news release on Tuesday. The improvements will update the facilities and layout of the transit center. The focus will be on operator and passenger comfort and improving access to a bustling transit hub in an area that has changed significantly since it opened in the late 1980s.

Construction is expected to begin in early spring 2025 and be completed about a year later. While the FTA grant will pay for the bulk of the $6.9 million project, the rest of TriMet’s funding will come from the Statewide Transportation Improvement Funds (STIF).

TriMet said the renovations will help support better bus operations and service upgrades planned for the Portland area. This will include space to accommodate new electric buses in the future.

TriMet continues to expand its fleet of electric buses. In April, the TriMet Board of Directors approved the first wholesale purchase of 24 zero-emission buses. This represented our largest investment in electric bus technology to date and an important step towards transitioning to a zero-emissions bus fleet by 2040.

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