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News Blog: 🌹 Everything’s Coming Up Roses 🌹

Rose Lane rendering on NE MLK Jr. Blvd.

(Feb. 14, 2020) Portland City Council voted yesterday to adopt the Rose Lane Project report, the city’s biggest-ever plan for prioritizing transit on our streets. Through a series of pilot projects to be implemented over the next two years, the Rose Lane Project will get buses and streetcars out of traffic using a variety of different solutions, including bus-only lanes, transit signal improvements and other tools. These improvements will make transit faster and more reliable for more than 100,000 transit riders on over 45 different lines.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is already putting this vision into action. A series of transit priority projects will be implemented this summer through Central City in Motion, PBOT's initiative to improve transportation in the city’s core. These projects are set to significantly improve transit travel time by helping buses and streetcars travel through congested areas. Data from PBOT's 2019 transit priority projects show that improvements made in the central city are already having a positive impact on travel times and reliability across the transit system.

In the coming weeks the public will get a preview of 2020 Central City in Motion projects and other early Rose Lane projects through a series of public open houses. At the open houses, community members will have the chance to preview these and other Central City in Motion improvements, ask questions and provide feedback. Refreshments will be provided. The same information will be provided at all three open houses – choose the one that works best for you!

  • Tuesday, February 18 from 4 to 6 p.m. White Stag Building, 70 NW Couch Street, Portland OR 97209
  • Wednesday, February 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. Revolution Hall, Astoria Room, 1300 SE Stark Street, Portland OR 97214
  • Wednesday, March 4 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. (business-focused, all welcome!) Portland Building, Room 100, 1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland OR 97204

Central City in Motion is already delivering big benefits for transit routes that run through downtown thanks to bus priority treatments implemented in 2019 on SW Madison StreetNW Everett Street and the Burnside Bridge.

 Burnside Bridge Rose Lane

The Rose Lane Project will build on the success of these improvements, spreading a network of transit priority citywide to maximize impact. Making transit faster and more reliable through these investments is a key part of PBOT’s strategy to make our transportation system more equitable and to reduce climate impact. 

Central City in Motion projects that will form early parts of the Rose Lane network include:

  • E Burnside eastbound bus lane extension (from Burnside Bridge to E 12th)
  • Transit priority lanes on MLK and Grand benefitting TriMet’s Line 6 and Streetcar (from NE Broadway to SE Mill)
  • SE Hawthorne bus and turn lane along with crossing and bicycling improvements (from the Hawthorne Bridge to SE 12th Ave)
  • SE Madison bus lane improvements (SE 11th to Grand)
  • NW Broadway cycling, safety and TriMet Line 17 improvements (NW Broadway, NW 6th and NW 5th, from the Broadway Bridge to SW Oak)
  • Collins Circle bus priority and traffic signal upgrade (SW Jefferson from SW 14th to SW 18th)

Representatives from each of these transit priority projects will be available at each of the open houses to answer questions and gather input. Learn more about upcoming Central City in Motion projects at www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/ccim

See the City Council-adopted Rose Lane Project report at www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/roselane

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