Open houses held for draft bus service proposal related to Portland-Milwaukie light rail

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Proposal offers new routes over Tilikum Crossing and the new Sellwood Bridge, provides transfers at new light rail stations

With the new Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project service beginning Sept. 12, 2015, TriMet is proposing bus service changes in the corridor that complement the new line. Since the public comment phase began in late June, nearly 700 comments have been received. Next week, the public will have an opportunity to talk directly with planners about the proposal at four open houses.

Highlights of the draft proposal
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 proposal would:

  • Re-route bus lines 9-Powell and 17-Holgate over Tilikum Crossing, Bridge of the People, and the shared transitways approaching the new bridge.
  • Increase the frequency and propose a new route between downtown Milwaukie and Clackamas Town Center on Line 28-Linwood. The change would increase frequency from about every 70 minutes to about every 35 minutes, and continue south from downtown Milwaukie as Line 34-River Rd.
  • End service north of Milwaukie for lines 31-King Rd, 32-Oatfield and 33-McLoughlin, with riders transferring to the new MAX line; these bus lines would not travel north of downtown Milwaukie.
  • Increase frequency of Line 34-River Rd from about every 70 minutes to about every 35 minutes; continue north from downtown Milwaukie as Line 28-Linwood.
  • Move Line 99-McLoughlin Express from the Hawthorne Bridge to a new route to/from downtown Portland via the new Sellwood Bridge.

Open House Details

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

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

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

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

Details of the proposal are online and it includes a rider survey. TriMet teams are also boarding the eight bus lines to talk with riders about the proposed changes and gather their feedback.

Timeline The bus service planning process includes three phases of public input and feedback before a service plan is finalized.

  • Winter 2014: Gather initial public input (completed)
  • Spring 2014: Summarize input, evaluate service options and develop draft service changes (completed)
  • Summer 2014: Gather feedback on draft and create refined proposal (in process)
  • Fall/Winter 2014: Gather feedback on refined proposal
  • Winter/Spring 2015: Finalize and share service changes
  • Sept. 12, 2015: Begin Portland-Milwaukie “Orange Line” service and implement bus service changes

Southeast Service Enhancement Plan During the same period, 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 it as well. This Southeast Service Enhancement Plan process, which will continue through 2015, will endeavor to identify early opportunities for better local service and connections in and with Clackamas County.

About the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project
The 7.3-mile project is the region’s sixth MAX construction project and will improve transit in this corridor that 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 in the U.S. to carry light rail and streetcar trains, buses, bicyclists and pedestrians, 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.