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BACKGROUND:Line 93, Line 94, all service at Sherwood
Lines 93 and 94 serve the same stops between Sherwood and Main Street in Tigard. Line 93 goes into Tigard Transit Center while Line 94 stays on Main.
During rush hours, Line 94 runs every 7-8 minutes in the peak direction while Line 93 runs at most half hourly in both directions. Many Line 94 trips deadhead to/from the garage in the non-peak direction. Capacity in this segment is not believed to be an issue.
Between rush hours, Lines 93 and 94 each run every 45 minutes in both directions, for a combined frequency of 22-23 minutes at the stops the routes both serve.
PROBLEMS:During rush hours, Lines 93 and 94 duplicate each other in the peak direction, with Line 93 trips being only a few minutes apart from a Line 94 trip. Furthermore, it takes additional peak buses to run this service, and they must deadhead all the way to/from Sherwood.
In addition, buses using Main Street in Tigard can get delayed by WES and freight trains at the railroad crossing and, going to Sherwood, waiting to turn left off of and back on 99W. Having buses serve Tigard TC would further increase travel times for peak through riders compared to in the past.
Riders using timetables must consult both the Line 93 and 94 schedules to see when the next trip is, even though the routes serve the exact same stops. A rider just looking at one may end up waiting 22 minutes longer than is necessary. And riders at Tigard TC have to calculate whether or not the next bus will be stopping there or whether they should walk over to Commercial Street.
Overall, the compromise of having every peak Line 94 trip serve Main St but not the transit center is a detriment to both through riders who must endure longer trip times and to riders getting on and off in Downtown Tigard who can't use the major stop in the area. Lastly, there really isn't a need to have service every 7-8 minutes on Main.
SOLUTION:Have Line 94 serve Tigard TC and run as Line 93 south of there, putting all local Sherwood-Tigard TC service on the same line and timetable. During rush hours, along with having some runs make a trip in the reverse direction to/from Tigard TC on the way to/from the garage, this would allow the current Line 93 service to be eliminated (specifically the first portion of blocks 9368 and 9370 and trips on 9369, 9367 and 9301 in the afternoon).
In addition, to provide faster service for through riders, have some of the peak Line 94 trips bypass Downtown Tigard entirely as they did before. The trips could also make limited stops south of there if desired. There is enough service that there could be trips every 15 minutes both through Tigard TC and directly to/from Sherwood.
Potentially use the savings to add Line 94 service on Saturdays or increase it to half hourly between rush hours on weekdays. If the latter, the current Line 93 runs could be eliminated and replaced by having every other Line 12 trip extend (as Line 93) to King City, replicating former service levels.