Four open houses focus on future bus service planning related to Portland-Milwaukie light rail

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In anticipation of new light rail service beginning in September 2015, the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project will host four open houses to assess bus service in the Portland-Milwaukie corridor with the intention of maximizing ridership and minimizing service duplication. These open houses provide the community an opportunity to discuss bus service planning related to Portland-Milwaukie with TriMet staff.

Tuesday, February 25 – 6:30-8 p.m.
Sacred Heart Villa
3925 SE Milwaukie Ave., Portland
Served by bus line 19-Woodstock/Glisan

Wednesday, February 26 – 4:30-6:30 p.m.
CH2M HILL Lunch Room, 5th floor
2020 SW 4th Ave., Portland
Served by bus line 17-Holgate/NW 21st  

Thursday, February 27 – 6:30-8 p.m.
Milwaukie High School
11300 SE 23rd Ave., Milwaukie
Served by bus line 29-Lake/Webster Rd, 32-Oatfield  

Tuesday, March 4 – 6-7:30 p.m.
Pioneer Community Center
615 5th St., Oregon City
Served by bus line 33-McLoughlin  

Timeline
The Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail 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 this same process, we will be working with the community to create a longer- 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. This Southeast Service Enhancement Plan process, which will continue through 2015, will also identify early opportunities for better local service and connections within Clackamas County and the rest of the region.

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  

Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail 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.