Bus service changes proposed with the new Portland-Milwaukie light rail service – give us your thoughts!

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Changes proposed to 8 bus lines along the corridor

With new Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project service beginning in September 2015, TriMet is asking the public to weigh in on proposed bus service changes related to the new line. The proposed bus service plan has been updated based on feedback received earlier this year and includes more service options that complement the new MAX Orange Line (Portland-Milwaukie light rail).

Eight bus lines with proposed changes
TriMet is proposing changes to eight bus lines in the corridor aimed at improving service and expanding connections while leveraging the efficiency of the region’s light rail investment. The details on the proposed routes and/or frequency changes are online and the public can weigh in there, via email at pmbusplanning@trimet.org, by phone at 503-238-RIDE (7433) or attend any of the four open houses scheduled in July.  Public feedback is accepted through August 8, 2014 followed by an updated plan for additional public comment.

Line 9-Powell

  • The existing frequency, days and hours of service remain the same.
  • The proposed routing change would shift the bus from the Ross Island Bridge to the new Tilikum Crossing and then connect to the downtown Transit Mall.
  • Riders can transfer to the MAX Orange Line at OMSI/SE Water Ave, South Waterfront/SW Moody Ave or Lincoln St/SW 3rd Ave stations, plus all stations on the downtown Portland Mall.

Line 17-Holgate

  • The existing frequency, days and hours of service remain the same.
  • The proposed routing change would shift the line from the Ross Island Bridge to the new Tilikum Crossing and then connect to the downtown Transit Mall.
  • Riders can transfer to the MAX Orange Line at five stations along the new line: SE 17th Ave & Holgate, SE 17th Ave & Rhine St, OMSI/SE Water Ave, South Waterfront/SW Moody Ave or Lincoln St/SW 3rd Ave stations, plus all stations on the downtown Portland Mall.

Line 28-Linwood

  • Maintain existing days and hours of service (weekdays about 6 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.).
  • Increase frequency from about every 70 minutes to about every 35 minutes.
  • The proposed routing change occurs into downtown Milwaukie; the line then becomes Line 34-River Rd with regular routing service to Gladstone and Oregon City.
  • Riders can transfer to the MAX Orange Line at SE Tacoma St/Johnson Creek or Milwaukie/Main St stations.

Line 31-King Rd

  • Maintain existing frequency, days and hours of service.
  • The proposed routing change would end service in downtown Milwaukie.
  • Riders can transfer to the MAX Orange Line at Milwaukie/Main St Station (about a five block walk from SE Jackson Street).

Line 32-Oatfield

  • Maintain existing frequency, days and hours of service.
  • The proposed routing change would end service in downtown Milwaukie.
  • Riders can transfer to the MAX Orange Line at Milwaukie/Main St Station.

Line 33-McLoughlin

  • Maintain existing frequency, days and hours of service.
  • The proposed routing changes would end service in downtown Milwaukie.
  • Riders can transfer to the MAX Orange Line at SE Park Ave and Milwaukie/Main St stations.

Line 34-River Rd

  • Maintain existing days and hours of service (about 6 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.).
  • Increase frequency from about every 70 minutes to about every 35 minutes.
  • The routing between Oregon City to downtown Milwaukie remains the same, and the line continues service north from SE Jackson Street as Line 28-Linwood. Line 28 would serve the Milwaukie Park & Ride, SE Tacoma/Johnson Creek Park & Ride and Clackamas Town Center.
  • Riders can transfer to the MAX Orange Line at Milwaukie/Main St Station or at SE Tacoma St/Johnson Creek Station via Line 28.

Line 99-McLoughlin Express

  • Maintain existing frequency for the weekday rush-hour only service.
  • The proposal would add service from downtown to the south during the morning commute and from the south to downtown during the afternoon commute. Service in both directions during weekday rush hour runs between about 5:30 a.m. until 8:45 a.m. and 3 p.m. until 7 p.m.
  • The proposed routing change would shift the line from the Hawthorne Bridge to the Sellwood Bridge with new limited stops on Tacoma Street, Macadam Blvd, Corbett Street and then existing route on the downtown Transit Mall. The move would occur after the Sellwood Bridge construction could accommodate bus traffic. In the meantime, potential interim routing is being reviewed.

Five bus lines with no proposed changes
Five bus lines that will connect with the MAX Orange Line have no route changes proposed: 19-Woodstock, 43-Taylors Ferry Rd, 70-12th/NE 33rd Ave, 75-Cesar Chavez/Lombard and 152-Milwaukie.

MAX Orange Line
When it opens in September 2015, the MAX Orange Line will run about every 10 minutes in rush hours, every 15 minutes the rest of the day and every 30 minutes late at night.

Open Houses
Four open houses will provide the community an opportunity to discuss bus service planning related to Portland-Milwaukie with TriMet staff. At each open house, a brief presentation will take place 10 minutes after start time.

Monday, July 21, 2014
6 to 7:30 p.m. St. John The Evangelist Episcopal Church 2036 SE Jefferson St., Milwaukie (served by bus line 33-McLoughlin)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 6 to 7:30 p.m. Pioneer Community Center 615 5th St., Oregon City (served by bus line 35-Macadam/Greeley)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sacred Heart Villa 3925 SE Milwaukie Ave., Portland (served by multiple bus lines)

Thursday, July 24, 2014 5 to 6:30 p.m. CH2M Hill Lunch Room, 5th Floor 2020 SW 4th Ave., Portland (served by multiple bus lines)

Next steps
During the summer of 2014, TriMet will gather feedback and conduct an equity analysis on the proposed service plan and later refine it based on the analysis and public comments. A final draft service plan will follow, with another round of public comment. The service plan will be finalized by the end of the year, and implemented when the MAX Orange Line opens for service on September 12, 2015.

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 with 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.