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Bus Rapid Transit could be coming to Portland

Map of proposed Bus rapid transit line

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(February 5, 2015)  Did you know that 9-Powell and 4-Division are among the regions busiest bus lines? They’re considered the workhorses of the eastside TriMet bus system.

Metro, TriMet, ODOT, Multnomah County and the cities of Portland and Gresham are looking into a range of options to improve transit service along these routes. A new kind of service, called Bus Rapid Transit, is being considered to improve convenience beyond today’s Frequent Service.

Bus Rapid Transit is basically a mix of vehicle, station and street features knit together to create faster, more reliable trips with better service. Think of blending rubber tire buses with some of the key benefits of streetcar and light rail. Different types of vehicles, stations and station amenities as well as route alignment are all on the table. We’ll also be looking at ways to improve walking and biking access along the route.

We need your help to bring better service to this important transit corridor. Please join us for one or all of the workshop/open houses below, or at one of the drop-in sessions:

February workshop/open houses!

Feb. 12, Thursday: Gresham hands on workshop

   Workshop: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

   Drop in open house: 6 to 6:30 and 8:30 to 9 p.m.

   Gresham City Hall, 1333 NW Eastman Parkway

Feb. 17, Tuesday: East Portland hands on workshop

   Workshop: 6 to 8 p.m.

   Drop in open house: 5:30 to 6 and 8 to 8:30 p.m.

   East Garden Restaurant, 12424 SE Division St

Feb 28, Saturday: Southeast, East Portland hands on workshop

   Workshop: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

   Drop in open house: 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

   Fubonn, 2850 SE 82nd Ave

March 10, Tuesday:  Southeast Portland Open House

  Time to be announced

   Cleveland High School cafeteria, 3400 SE 26th Ave

Talk to staff sessions
Drop by any time to talk with Powell-Division project staff at the Division Midway Alliance for Community Improvement, 2536 SE 122nd Ave: 
• Tues, Feb 10 from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
• Tues, Feb 24 from 8:30 to 10 a.m.
• Tues, Mar 10 from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
• Tues, Mar 24 from 8:30 to 10 a.m.

Find project updates on the Powell-Division project page.

Learn more about the basics of Bus Rapid Transit here.