Light rail construction to impact bus and Portland Streetcar service in mid-January

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UPDATE: The overhead catenary systems work will continue into Tuesday, Jan. 20. Portland Streetcar NS Line service will continue to be replaced with shuttle buses between South Waterfront and Portland State University on Tuesday.

Beginning Jan.13 through Jan. 19, Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project construction will disrupt two bus lines and the Portland Streetcar NS and CL lines while crews complete work on the project’s overhead catenary system at either approach to Tilikum Crossing, Bridge of the People.

SW Moody Avenue service impacts – Jan. 15-19
From Jan. 15-19, Portland Streetcar NS Line service between South Waterfront and Riverplace will be disrupted due to construction. Shuttle buses will provide service between South Waterfront and Portland State University (PSU). Shuttles will run frequently and match regular streetcar service hours. Signs will be posted at all closed stops directing riders where to board.

TriMet bus lines 35-Macadam/Greeley and 36-South Shore will be detoured off SW River Pkwy and SW Moody Ave. During this temporary detour, buses will use SW Kelly Ave.

There will be no impacts to automobile traffic. Construction work will occur between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. For shuttle bus and detour information visit www.trimet.org/alerts

OMSI area service impacts – Jan. 13-19
From Jan. 13-19, the Portland Streetcar CL Line will be served by a shuttle bus between the OMSI stop on SE Water Ave and the stop at SE Mill on MLK Blvd. Shuttles will run frequently and match regular streetcar service hours. Signs will be posted at all closed stops directing riders where to board. 

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. will 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.