and MAX is a great way to get to Lloyd Center and downtown from Gresham.
Amny employers (including Lloyd Dist Assn Members) will make the Bus Pass a real bargain,
with amazingly low, reduced rates. Ask about it.
The number 9 bus is also a good way downtown, if you are talking about this neighborhood: http://www.ci.gresham.or.us/departments/ocm/neighborhoods/fu
Yours seem like long daily commute plans to me however. Have you considered finding a place closer to the central city, to keep it under 30 minutes? There are MANY homes on the market now, and lots of help for first-time home-buyers is available. I like to check the Tri-Met.org web site right away using any address that I am considering. At http://www.PortlandMaps.com you can also click the Transit tab while you are researching public records on the property. There are also some Carpool matching services in the area that might work for you, to save asome money on a quicker commute.
I've used the Bus & Max daily for 15 years, including many time very late at night,
and it has been an excellent choice! Fellow riders are often friendly and helpful,
and drivers will look out for you.
I prefer to buy a house within 6 blocks or so to major Bus stops.
The brisk daily walk is a great way to protect your heart & health.
And using the bus can save you alot of money,
that you can use to pay down your mortgage,
and make your home a safer place.
(Living safely involves many more considerations than crime, to be sure...)
Like in other aspects of life, people who look for trouble - tend to fnd it. Public
Transit is no differnt, really. There are more than 30 Transit Police riding and more being hired.
Just use common sense; bring headphones and a book - and enjoy your music and your commute.
Best to use a Monthly or Annual Pass, instead of fumbling for money in public places.
Carrying a Cell Phone is also a good, Can make you feel safer, allow you to verify arrival times,
and you can use the lit screen to signal a driver on a dark night.