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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

Join us for an update on Central City in Motion (CCIM)! Staff from the Portland Bureau of Transportation and TriMet will provide an overview of projects scheduled for construction in 2020 and 2021. At the open houses, you’re invited to:

  • Preview transit, pedestrian and bicycle improvements coming to Portland’s core

  • Ask questions

  • Give your feedback

2020 CCIM Open Houses

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

The same information will be provided at both open houses – chose the one that works best for you! (Or join us as both!)

 For more information on Central City in Motion and the Open Houses, visit:

 Project Manager Contact

Gabe Graff 

Updated 2/06/2020