TriMet reviewing two final sites for Line 8 layover facility

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Permanent facility will move parked buses off the street, create a secure place for operator breaks

UPDATE: The community meeting is set for Wednesday, May 14 at 6 p.m. at Classic Foods, 817 NE Madrona Street.

After analyzing nearly a dozen different sites, TriMet has narrowed down the search for a permanent layover facility in northeast Portland to two possible locations. The permanent facility will include off-street parking for buses and a break area and restroom for our operators, particularly those on the Line 8-Jackson Park/NE 15th Ave. The Line 8 is one of our busiest bus lines, providing about 6,000 trips each weekday.

Line 8 buses currently layover on the street at two sites, one in the Woodlawn neighborhood and the other in the Piedmont neighborhood. Creating a permanent location for operator layovers would improve on time performance and service reliability for our riders, and it may also allow for a new TriMet stop to transfer between the Line 8 and the Line 6-ML King Jr. It will also provide a safe, comfortable and convenient place for our operators to take their breaks.

Permanent layover sites under review

The two sites that TriMet staff has identified as the most suitable for a future layover facility are:

  • NE Dekum and MLK Jr Blvd (site #1)
  • NE Lombard and 6th Ave (site #11)
140330 Line 8 Layover Options Map

TriMet studied 11 sites for a future permanent layover facility in NE Portland. Only sites 1 and 11 are still under consideration.

Both sites are in primarily business-oriented areas and have the space for three buses to maneuver/park at a time. Also size, zoning, proximity to homes, cost and distance from the end of the line at Northeast Dekum and Durham were part of the consideration. The two sites are privately owned and the owners are willing to sell.

Convenient break facility for bus operators

Once a final location is identified and purchased, TriMet will construct a permanent facility that will include space for our bus operators to take breaks as well as a restroom and other possible amenities. Outside, we’ll add landscaping and lighting, and possibly sound walls and other elements.

Line 8 buses would arrive and depart the layover location up to every 15 minutes, approximately 5 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Friday, 5:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturdays, and 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Sundays. Other bus lines may use the facility as well.

Next steps

TriMet will be hosting a community meeting to get feedback on the two locations. The meeting date has yet to be set.

Comments can also be sent via email to line8feedback@trimet.org or by mail to TriMet, Public Affairs, 1800 SW 1st Ave, Suite 300 Portland, OR 97201-9904. TriMet staff will also be talking with bus operators to get their thoughts about the different options.

The plan is to begin purchase of one of the sites this summer with the permanent facility built and operating sometime in 2016. For more information, visit trimet.org/line8.

Background

Changes to the Line 8 made in September 2012 led to buses laying over at Northeast Dekum and Durham. After concerns were raised by the neighborhood, TriMet moved the layover location, and has continued to work with residents, businesses and the Woodlawn Neighborhood Association to lessen the impact of the changes. In spring and summer of 2013, we were able to move bus layovers to alternate temporary locations, while working on a permanent solution.