TriMet prioritizes faster transit service

TriMet is considering closing the Kings Hill/SW Salmon St. MAX station and two other downtown light-rail stops. The board of the regional transit agency is scheduled to vote on the closures at its June 24 meeting.

Four minutes may not sound like a lot of time to save on a daily commute.

But TriMet already has endured months of criticism for proposing to close four downtown MAX stations to save riders two minutes on each direction of their round trips through Portland. And much bigger decisions — including whether to build a subway tunnel for light-rail trains under downtown and the Willamette River — are looming.