Submit your comments! Bus Service and the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project

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In September 2015, the 7.3-mile Portland-Milwaukie MAX light rail extension will go into service. The new MAX line will serve 10 stations being constructed by the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project, and all existing MAX stations on the Portland Mall (SW 5th and 6th avenues) in downtown Portland. Trains will run between approximately 4:30 a.m. and 1:30 a.m. daily (ending one half hour earlier on Sundays). Trains will arrive every 15 minutes most of the day, and every 10 minutes on average during weekday rush hours. Operating in a dedicated right-of-way that does not include vehicle traffic except at intersections, MAX provides schedule reliability.
Regional planning for the light rail project envisioned bus lines meeting up with MAX in Milwaukie. Now as we begin preparations for the opening of the new Orange Line, we want to remind the community of those assumptions and to see if any adjustments need to be made. We are asking the community for feedback on how to configure bus service in the area while minimizing duplicative service and relieving traffic congestion. Assumptions based on project planning include:
Bus lines that currently travel north of Milwaukie on SE McLoughlin Boulevard would no longer do so, ending their trips in or near downtown Milwaukie
Bus lines that currently travel across the Ross Island Bridge would instead use the new transit bridge, improving reliability by avoiding traffic congestion
Bus lines currently operating in the Portland-Milwaukie light rail corridor include:
Line 17
9-Powell Blvd
29-Lake/Webster Rd
31-King Rd
34-River Rd
36-South Shore
43-Taylors Ferry Rd
66-Marquam Hill/Hollywood
70-12th/NE 33rd Ave
75-Cesar Chavez/Lombard
99-McLoughlin Express
In order to take advantage of the new light rail service and make best use of bus service resources including bus facility improvements made by the project, TriMet is engaging the community to develop a Bus Service Plan.
Bus Service Planning fact sheet.
Tell us what you think should happen
As part of this process, TriMet conducts ridership, cost and operational analyses, considers transit equity, and seeks input from our riders, TriMet operators, businesses, and community groups and organizations.
Please submit your comments how TriMet bus service can best complement and work in tandem with the Portland-Milwaukie light rail extension.