Open house Nov. 6 on updated bus service proposal related to the MAX Orange Line opening in 2015

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Public feedback has guided the proposal that will provide more service and more connections

With the Sept. 2015 opening of the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project – the MAX Orange Line – TriMet has proposed related bus service changes that would take effect at the same time. The proposal has been updated throughout the year as we’ve received public feedback. It includes more service and more connections for riders.

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 at the Nov. 6 open house. Public feedback is accepted through Monday, Dec. 1, 2014.

Nov. 6 open house
An open house will provide the community an opportunity to discuss bus service planning related to Portland-Milwaukie with TriMet staff. A brief presentation will take place 10 minutes after start time.

6 to 7:30 p.m.
Milwaukie High School
11300 SE 23rd Ave., Milwaukie (served by bus line 29-Lake/Webster Rd and a short walk from several other lines at SE Jackson St.)

Nine bus lines with proposed changes
Changes in this final proposal include adding more weekend service on Line 19; serving Macadam Avenue on Line 99; providing more service and connections on Lines 31 and 33.

Line 9-Powell
• The existing frequency, days and hours of service remain the same.
• Shift from the Ross Island Bridge to the new Tilikum Crossing to avoid congestion and make new connections in SE Portland and South Waterfront, and then connect to the Downtown Portland 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 trains will continue to serve all Downtown Portland Transit Mall stations.

Line 17-Holgate
• The existing frequency, days and hours of service remain the same.
• Shift from the Ross Island Bridge to the new Tilikum Crossing to avoid congestion and make new connections in SE Portland and South Waterfront, and then connect to the Downtown Portland 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 trains will continue to service all Downtown Portland Transit Mall stations.

Line 19-Woodstock• Start service earlier on weekends, with new trips beginning around 8 a.m.
• Riders can transfer to the MAX Orange Line at the SE Bybee Blvd Station, plus trains will continue to serve all Downtown Portland Transit Mall stations.

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.
• New route into Downtown Milwaukie via Linwood Avenue, Johnson Creek Blvd, Tacoma Street and Main Street (including service to Milwaukie Park & Ride); continue south from SE Jackson Street as Line 34 (line name and number to be determined).
• Riders can transfer to the MAX Orange Line at SE Tacoma St/Johnson Creek and Milwaukie/Main St stations.

Line 31-King Rd• Increase frequency and hours of service to match most Line 33 service.
• Maintain existing route to Downtown Milwaukie, then most trips continue south on McLoughlin Blvd to Oregon City as Line 33 (line name and number to be determined).
• Riders can transfer to the MAX Orange Line at Milwaukie/Main St and SE Park Ave stations.

Line 32-Oatfield
• Maintain existing frequency, days and hours of service.
• Maintain existing route to Downtown Milwaukie, then turns around.
• Riders can transfer to the MAX Orange Line at Milwaukie/Main St Station.

Line 33-McLoughlin• Maintain existing frequency, days and hours of service.
• Maintain existing route to Downtown Milwaukie, then most trips continue east on Harrison Street and King Road to Clackamas Town Center as Line 31 (line name and number to be determined).
• 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 name and number to be determined). The line would serve the Milwaukie Park & Ride, SE Tacoma/Johnson Creek Park & Ride and Clackamas Town Center.
• Extra trips to Clackamas Heights.
• Riders can transfer to the MAX Orange Line at Milwaukie/Main St Station or at SE Tacoma St/Johnson Creek Station.

Line 99-McLoughlin Express
• Maintain existing frequency, days and hours of service (weekday rush-hour only).
• New service to Oregon City during the morning commute and new service to Downtown Portland 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.
• New route into Downtown Portland via Sellwood Bridge with limited stops on Tacoma Street and Macadam Avenue to existing route on the Downtown Portland Transit Mall. The route change would occur after the Sellwood Bridge is open to bus traffic. In the meantime, interim routing is being reviewed.

Five bus lines with no proposed changes
Five bus lines will connect with the MAX Orange Line with no route changes proposed: 29-Lake/Webster Rd, 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.

Next steps
Over the next six weeks, TriMet will gather feedback and conduct an equity analysis on this final proposal, then refine it based on the analysis and public comments. The service plan will be finalized by the end of the year, and implemented when the Orange Line opens for service on September 12, 2015.

Feedback from this process will also be considered in the Southeast Service Enhancement Plan process now underway to create a long-term vision for improved bus service in the southeast area 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

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.