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SE 162nd Ave Safety and Access to Transit Project

162nd street view 


Project Background and Description:

The 162nd Avenue Safety and Access to Transit project aims to improve safety for all people walking, taking transit, biking and driving on SE 162nd Avenue between SE Alder St (just south of SE Stark St) and SE Powell Blvd. In 2018, TriMet added new bus service, Line 74, on 162nd Ave. Project funding comes from a partnership between TriMet and PBOT.

The goals of the 162nd Avenue Safety and Access to Transit Project are:

  • Improve pedestrian crossings near transit stops
  • Increase safety through street design and reduce illegal speeding
  • Enhance bicycle facilities

To accomplish these goals, the project is proposing to enhance three pedestrian crossings serving TriMet’s new Line 74 bus stops and reduce vehicle travel lanes to improve overall safety. The project also includes sidewalks, street lighting, and enhancements to the bikelanes.

Construction Date: Fall 2020

Current Project Phase: Early design

Total Project Budget: $700,000 from Trimet Federal Transit Administration 5307 funds and $900,000 from House Bill 2017 funds

Recommended Improvements:

Current SE 162nd Street Design

Sample Street Design Option

From just south of SE Stark to Powell Blvd, the proposed project would re-stripe the roadway from five to three travel lanes (one in each direction with a center turn lane). Left and right turn lanes would be maintained at Powell and Division. A left turn lane would be maintained at Main.

At SE 162nd Ave intersections with SE Mill, SE Lincoln, and SE Tibbets, where there are bus stops without traffic signals, the project would construct enhanced pedestrian crossings with median islands and marked crosswalks. The bus stops could also be upgraded with floating transit islands in the future.

On the east side of 162nd Ave just north of Taylor St, and on the north side of Main St just west of 162nd Ave, the project would construct sidewalks to fill gaps. Enhanced street lighting would be installed as budget allows. 

Potential improvements to Line 74 bus stops at Division and Powell will be coordinated through the Division Transit Project and Outer Powell Project, respectively.

Map of project area

Map of project area 

Project Q and A

Why reduce vehicle travel lanes?

Most drivers base their travel speed on what feels comfortable given the street design. The wider the road, the faster people tend to drive and, the faster the car, the more difficult it is to cross the street and the more severe the injuries resulting from a crash.

Additionally, creating a safe crossing on a 5-lane street requires beacons or traffic signals, which are expensive and can disrupt traffic flow. A 3-lane street allows for more safe crossing opportunities and more amenities like street lighting and sidewalks.

Will reducing travel lanes impact vehicle travel times? If so, how?

Yes, it is possible that vehicle travel times will be affected at certain times. Travel modeling predicts the impact to be limited only to peak travel times and generally not adding more than about a minute of time to what it takes to travel today. We believe this is a worthwhile tradeoff for a safer street.

I don’t ride the bus. Why is it important to create safe opportunities for people to ride the bus?

Public transit provides personal mobility and freedom for people from every walk of life. It’s especially important for people living on limited incomes or with physical disabilities. A number of City policies call for providing safe options for getting people to the places they need to go—including walking, taking transit, biking and driving.


Thank you to all who provided project feedback at the April 29, 2019 Project Open House!

View project newsletter/Open House invitation PDF (mailed to 10,000 in project area)




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Project Manager Contact Information:

Liz Rickles


Last Updated: December, 2019

Project Q and A

Answers to questions about the project we have received

April 29 2019 Open House Flyer

Invitation to the Open House (English and Spanish)

April 2019 Project Newsletter

Mailed to over 10,000 homes and businesses in the project area