Bus service planning related to Portland-Milwaukie light rail begins

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Year-long public process will gather community input to maximize ridership and service

In anticipation of the new high-capacity transit option the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project will bring to the region, TriMet is launching its bus service planning process with the goal of maximizing ridership and service. Working with the community in the Portland-Milwaukie light rail corridor from downtown Portland, to inner SE Portland, Milwaukie and north Clackamas County, TriMet will talk with residents, transit riders, businesses, and other stakeholders to identify how bus service can work best with the new MAX light rail.

Considerations for evaluating bus service changes include:

  • How should bus service complement the new MAX service?
  • Where along the light rail route should riders transfer between bus and MAX?
  • Does the light rail service provide opportunities to modify bus routes in order to maximize transit ridership, minimize duplicative service while relieving traffic congestion?

Public comment is being gathered now, including online – trimet.org/pm/busplanning

Meetings regarding bus service planning related to Portland-Milwaukie will be announced as they are scheduled this winter.

Timeline
The bus service planning process will include three periods of public input and feedback before a service plan is finalized.

  • Winter 2014: Gather public input
  • Spring 2014: Summarize input, evaluate service options and develop draft service changes
  • Summer 2014: Gather feedback on draft and create refined proposal
  • Fall 2014: Gather feedback on refined proposal
  • Winter 2015: Finalize and share service changes
  • Sept. 12, 2015: Begin Portland-Milwaukie light rail service and bus service changes

Southeast Service Enhancement Plan
During the same period, TriMet will be working with the community to create a long- term vision for transit service in the southeast part of the region, including the area around the new MAX line, but stretching to communities beyond it as well. This process, called the Southeast Service Enhancement Plan, will continue through 2015, producing a shared vision for transit improvements that will support current and future needs.  

About the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project
The 7.3-mile project is the region’s sixth MAX construction project to be built and extends from the terminus of the MAX Green and Yellow lines at Portland State University in Downtown Portland to South Waterfront, SE Portland, Milwaukie and North Clackamas County. About the project:

  • 7.3 miles
  • 10 stations
  • The first of its kind multi-modal bridge that will carry light rail, buses, bikes, pedestrians and a future Portland Streetcar extension, but no private vehicles.
  • Opens Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015
  • Expands the MAX system to 60 miles and 97 stations  

Project partners
The Federal Transit Administration, State of Oregon, Clackamas County, Metro, City of Milwaukie, Multnomah County, City of Oregon City, Oregon Department of Transportation, City of Portland, Portland Development Commission and TriMet.