Banks, Transportation, Washington County

Ride Connection plans public transit expansion in rural western Washington County

A Ride Connection bus drives through Banks on July 11, 2018. Photo: Chas Hundley

In early 2021, the nonprofit organization Ride Connection plans to expand their offerings of rural public transit options, which includes bus routes in Banks and North Plains that connect to the wider TriMet service territory, door-to-door services in rural unincorporated western Washington County, and a free bus route in Forest Grove called GroveLink. 

The expansions would be funded by Statewide Transportation Improvement Funds (STIF) and House Bill 2017 funds that come from a new 0.1% employee payroll tax.

Presently, WestLink is a free bus route that links Banks, North Plains, and Forest Grove to the Hillsboro Transit Center, which places riders into a position to travel nearly anywhere in the Portland Metro area using TriMet.

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