These are comparisons of transit service on longer distance commutes between an express
bus with few stops and light rail which must stop at every station along a route.
The reason that this are important is:
1. Trimet discontinued the express bus on the freeway parallel to the MAX light rail
line into downtown Portland. Many people now claim that MAX is faster than the discontinued
bus. In fact there is still an express bus running along the same route and it is
much faster than MAX. Restoring express bus service from Gateway to downtown would
improve transit rider’s travel time, but hurt light rail’s ridership, so it is not
2. Currently C-Tran runs express buses to downtown Portland from Vancouver. These
parallel the Yellow line. This line is under consideration for expansion into Vancouver,
essentially duplicating the route of the current express buses. It is important to
know how this will affect travel times.