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TriMet Delivers for Our Economy

In more ways than one, the Portland area’s economy depends on good transit. TriMet service reduces congestion costs, stimulates development and creates living-wage jobs, while saving riders money. The bottom line: TriMet is good for business.

“We located our business in Downtown Portland in part because of access to great public transit. It’s a tremendously valuable benefit for recruiting and retention.”

—Sam Blackman, CEO, Elemental Technologies

Nearly 1,200 local worksites offer transit passes as a benefit to their employees. It boosts recruiting and reduces the demand for parking, while providing a tax savings for both employers and employees. Learn about TriMet transit pass programs for employers

Two workers from the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project
Creating Jobs

The Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project has created 10,000 local jobs, with more to come.

Transit means good jobs. Not only does TriMet get people to work and encourage development, our service provides hundreds of permanent living-wage jobs in our community. Transit construction projects stimulate the local economy by creating work in technical, construction, design and other fields. Learn more about the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Project

An aerial view of Orenco Plaza
Economic Development

$11.5 billion in development has occurred within walking distance of MAX stations.

Where transit goes, community grows. Supported by a steady stream of pedestrians and riders, transit-oriented developments are growing up around stops and stations to provide easy access to a mix of housing, employment, retail and leisure activities. New developments like those around Orenco Station in Hillsboro (pictured at left) and NE 7th Avenue in the Lloyd District represent more than 1,000 housing units under construction right now.

Congestion on the motorway
Congestion Has a Cost

Freight and cars move more freely on our roads and highways thanks to transit, saving more than $150 million per year.

Every day, TriMet’s buses, MAX and WES eliminate 207,750 car trips. Our average commute time is lower here than in other cities, and our export-dependent economy benefits when freight can move freely throughout the region. (And first responders can get through faster in an emergency.)

Vijay Deodhar, owner, 3D Infusion
Small Business Success

“Working on the TriMet projects gave us so much confidence and increased our credentials. I’ve been able to take my business to the next level.” – Vijay Deodhar, owner, 3D Infusion

$150 million in contracts has been awarded to 127 Disadvantaged Business Enterprises working on the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project. Learn more about TriMet's nationally recognized DBE program

Pedestrians crossing the street
Foot Traffic

60% of transit trips are for work, shopping
or recreation.

TriMet supports local businesses’ bottom lines by providing 100 million trips each year to jobs, school, shopping, services and recreation. Our buses and trains deliver workers to jobs, bring shoppers to businesses, and connect students to training opportunities.

Spending Locally

Riders save up to $10,000 per year, freeing up money to spend locally.

TriMet riders don’t have to pay for parking or gas. And if they’re able to get around with one less car, there’s no loan payment, insurance or tune-up costs, either. These households can save big on transportation costs, which means they have more money to spend on local goods and services.