- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 25, 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - More than 30,000 people took a new bus service from Portland to the popular Multnomah Falls in 2016.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports (https://is.gd/V6Er9Y ) that the Oregon Department of Transportation launched the buses this year, shuttling passengers to the popular attraction Friday, Saturday and Sunday from May 27 to Sept. 25.

Initially, three 20-seat buses made the trip 12 times daily, but due to unexpected popularity ODOT added a 56-seat bus to the fleet in July.

ODOT spokesman Don Hamilton says the two-year pilot program is aimed at reducing congestion in the Multnomah Falls parking lot. Hamilton says it’s unclear what impact the buses had on congestion, but that they’ll be looking to improve service next year.

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Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive, http://www.oregonlive.com

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