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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 1331, Portland, OR 97204

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E Burnside Bus/Bike Lane Improvements

render of E Burnside project at MLK looking east

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Project Description

Burnside was established as the city’s east-west axis in 1912. A critical street ever since, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is working to make Burnside more efficient, allowing it to carry more people as the city grows. To this end, PBOT will install a Business Access and Transit (BAT) lane. This bus lane will extend the lane added to the Burnside Bridge in November of 2019 out to 12th Avenue on the eastside, providing faster, more reliable TriMet service. Related signal upgrades will improve safety and accessibility on East Burnside and MLK for people crossing the street or bicycling across the river.

Street level view design showing sidewalk on both sides of street, parking on both sides, two travel lanes, a Bus and Turn Lane, and a bike lane
East Burnside Street - E 6th Avenue to E 12th Avenue
View facing east 

Project Benefits

Business Access and Transit (BAT) lanes on Burnside will improve the speed and reliability of bus service without reducing access to local destinations. Transit priority BAT lanes will allow the buses to access and get through the Central Eastside, relieving a major pinch point in the transit system.

Better bike connections will make it safer and more intuitive to bike from downtown to the Central Eastside. This project will make it easier to connect with SE Ankeny, a low-traffic bikeway that runs parallel to E Burnside.

People moving capacity Changes in street design would increase the number of people that the street could accommodate by +145%.

Status: Design

Construction Schedule: 2021


Upcoming Events

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Past events

2020 CCIM Open Houses

Wednesday, March 4 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Portland Building – Room 100
1120 SW Fifth Ave., Portland OR 97204

Tuesday, February 18 from 4 to 6 p.m.

White Stag Building
70 NW Couch St.
Portland OR 97209

Wednesday, February 26 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Revolution Hall – Astoria Room
1300 SE Stark St.
Portland OR 97214


 Project Manager Contact

Gabe Graff 

Updated 2/06/2020

E Burnside Draft Conceptual Design

Updated February 2020