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While Washington County enjoys a relatively robust transit system compared to other suburban/rural counties, plenty of transit service and amenity needs remain.

  • Transit agencies continue to identify future network extensions and service enhancements, but utilization remains relatively low. 

  • To meet regional long-term climate and transportation goals, transit use needs to triple within the next 20 years.

  • The easier it is to access transit, the more likely people are to use it.

  • In many Washington County locations, accessing transit is difficult. Challenges include unconnected sidewalks, substandard bike facilities, long distances between signalized crossings, insufficient lighting and a lack of new “mobility options.”

Addressing these challenges is critical to improving transit ridership.

 

New 'mobility options'

 

"Shuttle"

Shuttles:

On-demand, commuter-focus services using mobile apps to match travelers making similar trips in a single vehicle.

"Carpooling image"

Ridesharing:

One or more travelers sharing publicly or privately owned vehicle with one or more people, typically for commuting. (Also called carpooling or vanpooling).

"Zipcar"

Carsharing:

Services that provide access to short-term vehicles, such as Zipcar and car2go.

 

"Bikeshare"

Bike-sharing/Scooter-sharing:

Users take short trips using a fleet of public or private bicycles or scooters.

"Uber app"

Ridesourcing/Ridehailing:

Transportation services that connect passengers with community drivers using personal vehicles, such as Uber and Lyft.

"Mobility Hub"

Mobility hub:

Access to multiple modes of transportation in one location, such as Orenco Station and Beaverton Transit Center.