Transit Investment Priorities for Fiscal Year 2016 (July 2015–June 2016)
TriMet’s Transit Investment Priorities process (or “TIP” for short) is our guide for making investments in bus and rail service, capital projects and customer information, and developing strategies to improve financial stability. Learn more about the TIP process
We develop the TIP with input from riders, our jurisdictional and community partners and the general public. The lenses and process that TriMet uses to make service decisions are summarized in our Service Guidelines Framework. The TIP addresses short-term issues as well as our region’s long-term transportation and livability goals.
The TIP process supports local and regional visions for the future. It helps local governments look for ways to get the most out of our investments in transit service with their own investments in such things as sidewalks and safe street crossings. It also shares TriMet’s planning process and future plans so that local governments, social service providers, private developers, private businesses, and the general public can know how to take advantage of the current and future service we provide. It is the basis for TriMet and its partners to improve coordination, transit service and access to that service.
1. Making transit better for riders
TriMet is improving current services by increasing frequency, expanding service, maintaining and improving bus and rail vehicles and systems, and enhancing the quality of the rider experience through technology, information and amenities.
TriMet’s Fiscal Year 2016 budget continues to focus investment in restoring and expanding service and improving system reliability. In the past six to seven years, TriMet has experienced extreme budget pressures that have affected service, fares and planned investments. Thanks to a focused effort to improve efficiency, renegotiate contracts to reduce costs and adopt a long-range financial plan that puts us on a sustainable financial path, TriMet is now able to put more service on the street to meet the needs of our fast-growing region.
Highlights of these service improvements include:
- Bus service hours will increase over 35,000 hours (about two percent of the whole bus system). This will mean more bus trips on our Frequent Service network, especially on Sundays. As of September 2015, this completes the restoration of Frequent Service back to the desired levels of 15-minute or better service most the day, every day of the week.
- MAX service hours will increase 15 percent, with much of that service being the new MAX Orange Line as well as the restoration of weekend MAX Frequent Service.
- With the MAX Orange Line opening, TriMet dramatically increased bus service to Clackamas County, making improvements to 10 bus lines aimed at significantly improving connections for the neighborhoods adjacent to the MAX Orange Line to the entire bus and rail system. For example, Line 31-King Rd, combined with Line 33 to become Line 33-McLoughlin/King Rd. The new line now has frequency and increased hours of service (to match most Line 33 service), including the restoration of Frequent Service on Sundays for the McLoughlin portion of the line. Also, trips between downtown Oregon City and Clackamas Community College are now almost twice as frequent.
Improving current service
To prudently manage our resources, we prioritize near-term service improvements for investment and implementation each Fiscal Year through our Annual Service Plan. The Annual Service Plan has three service categories:
- Maintain: Investments in capacity and reliability of existing services to help reduce crowding and make travel times and service more predictable.
- Optimize: Investments in frequency and route restructuring to optimize existing service to make it faster and more convenient. If previous years saw service cuts, especially to Frequent Service lines, this step would include restoring service to policy levels.
- New lines: Investments in new and substantially reconfigured lines, including increases in frequency and earlier morning and later evening service, to make progress towards the visions for the future of transit described in Service Enhancement Plans.
Each year TriMet directs available funds to help maintain the quality of existing service. These changes generally fall into two categories: overcrowding (measured by peak passenger loads) and unpredictable service (measured by on-time performance). TriMet’s long-term budget forecast includes resources to apply to both categories. The application of these resources, if available, is determined each year based on an annual review of performance for every line in the system.
Some lines and trips have schedules that are stretched to the limit, with too many buses running behind schedule due to heavy traffic. This leads to unpredictable service that doesn’t serve riders’ needs. When resources are available, adjustments are made quarterly to address unpredictable service. These improvements are also needed to ensure that TriMet’s operators get adequate time for short breaks from the job of negotiating traffic and attempting to maintain safe and on-time operations
Some lines have trips where the buses or trains are overloaded. Popular lines will always have standees, but the highest ridership trips sometimes have such high loads that riders cannot board and must wait for later trips. When individual bus or MAX trips regularly experience overloading, TriMet adds trips to help meet the demand.
Each year, after addressing basic system maintenance needs, TriMet will look for opportunities to optimize existing services. If previous years saw service cuts, especially to Frequent Service lines, this step would include restoring service to policy levels. This year TriMet is investing in key services to restore service levels on popular routes, which had been temporarily cut back due to budget gaps during the Great Recession. Because they benefit the most riders (carrying 75 percent of weekly trips), Frequent Service bus lines and MAX have been the highest priority when funding is available to restore service. By September 2015, TriMet had fully restored the Frequent Service bus and MAX network back to the desired levels of 15-minute or better service throughout the day, every day of the week. As of FY2016, TriMet has also been able to restore overall service levels (in terms of service hours) to pre-Recession levels. Some lower-performing routes or low-ridership segments of routes were not restored in favor of other higher demand lines.
With service being restored to pre-Recession levels thanks to TriMet realigning its cost structure and the economic recovery, TriMet is looking to address the growing need for services around our region. The TriMet Board of Directors recently approved an increase in the employer payroll tax, an important component of the operating budget. TriMet is moving quickly to invest these new resources into the new or improved services identified in our Service Enhancement Plans. In addition to expanding bus service and piloting innovative community and job connector shuttles, the new revenues will also fund the purchase of new buses, plus hiring more operators, mechanics and other operations staff to deliver the new and improved bus service.
For the first year, TriMet will phase in expanded service each quarter beginning this winter, followed by new service in spring, summer and fall of 2016. For the following years, service will be added each spring and fall. This allows time to hire more operators and buy new buses, which typically take about 18-24 months to be delivered. In January 2016, TriMet will launch an annual process for the public to weigh in on the upcoming fall 2016 and spring 2017 service proposals.
Between now and the fall of 2016, planned service improvements include:
- In fall 2015, a new job connector service will link to the growing jobs and work shifts in the North Hillsboro area. The North Hillsboro Job Connector will address the “last mile” connection issues in suburban employment and community areas. This is modeled after the successful Grove Link and Tualatin Shuttle that is operated by Ride Connection.
- In spring 2016, TriMet will add bus service on high-ridership lines throughout the region that includes service that starts earlier and runs later to help get workers to jobs and various shifts, as well as more mid-day frequency. These improvements will help workers connect to jobs throughout our region, including the Airport Way Industrial Area and Swan Island area.
- In summer 2016, working with the communities of Tualatin and Sherwood, TriMet will launch the first direct bus line between the heart of Tualatin and Sherwood. The new Tualatin/Sherwood Rd line will connect residents to jobs and services along the corridor between the Tualatin WES Commuter Rail Station and the Sherwood Market Center. It will serve important employment and retail sectors including Tualatin’s downtown, industrial areas along Tualatin-Sherwood Rd, and major retail destinations in Sherwood.
- In fall 2016, TriMet will begin to add more frequent bus service on 122nd Avenue as the City of Portland makes investments in sidewalks and safe crossings along the route to improve access.
Additional proposals for new and improved service for fall 2016 and spring 2017 will be released in January 2016 for public input.
Improving the quality of the rider experience through technology, information and amenities
We’re continuing to make improvements to our ticketing technology, information tools and amenities to make transit easier and more convenient for our riders.
We’re building a new, state-of-the-art electronic fare system (or e-fare) that will make it faster, easier and more convenient to ride the bus or train. The new program is called Hop Fastpass and, when the system launches in 2017, riders who want to will be able to choose from a variety of easy payment options including a transit-only smart card, contactless bank card and smartphones with contactless payment technology built in. Riders who don’t want to use the Hop system will still be able to pay their daily fare in cash on the bus and receive a paper transfer.
There are other benefits of the Hop system. TriMet is increasing the number of retail outlets around the region four-fold to make it easier to buy Hop cards. Another benefit for frequent transit users and low-income riders is daily and monthly caps on fares paid. For example, riders who use the Hop system for two full-price trips will be able to ride free the rest of the day. Similarly, after using the Hop card for the equivalent of a monthly pass, all rides beyond that would be free for the remainder of the month. Essentially, the Hop card allows riders to buy daily and monthly passes one installment at a time—making discounts accessible to those who can’t currently afford a daily or monthly pass.
TriMet has worked with local mobile-payment provider GlobeSherpa to develop (at no upfront cost to the agency) the nation’s first mobile ticketing system for an entire transit system that lets riders purchase and use fares instantly on their smartphones (iPhone and Android). Riders have responded enthusiastically to the new tool. In little more than seven months after we rolled out the app in September 2013, the number of downloads had rocketed to more than 200,000, shattering our first year goal of 30,000 downloads. As of October 2015, riders have purchased more than 5.7 million tickets with the TriMet Tickets mobile app.
While we transition to the next generation of ticketing technology, we’re continuing to focus on improving the reliability of our ticket vending machines. The investment is paying off with reliability consistently at 98 percent. We replaced and updated machines and parts throughout our system, and increased the staff dedicated to maintenance. This improved performance has resulted in more than a 50 percent drop in rider complaints.
In 2013 we switched to a new state-of-the-art Computer Aided Dispatch/Automatic Vehicle Location system (“CAD/AVL” for short). The new system improved bus tracking and performance monitoring. It also means more reliable arrival information from TransitTracker, as vehicle locations are now updated about every 30 seconds. Our new bus radio/dispatch system now gives TriMet the technology to automatically send information to TransitTracker when a bus trip is canceled, eliminating most “ghost buses.” In 2016 we are building upon this first phase by beginning to add GPS to our light rail vehicles, which will allow for more accurate TransitTracker information about MAX train locations.
Other improvements to better our customers’ experience include investing in more digital information displays to provide service information at stations that currently do not have it. Many of the new screens will be installed at MAX stations throughout the system gradually throughout 2015 and 2016. Additional sign displays will be installed in conjunction with other TriMet projects, including the Blue Line Station Rehabilitation project.
Bus stops will receive either new or updated Stop ID customer information displays throughout 2015 and 2016, completing the application of Stop IDs to all locations throughout the system.
TriMet’s online trip planner also makes it easy to plan a trip, with information about service alerts, travel and walk times, transfers and cost. We have also made it easier to use on smartphones. There are also 57 third-party apps available at our App Center to further enhance our customers’ experience.
In addition, TriMet’s Bus Stop Development program will continue to replace or refurbish shelters and other amenities at bus stops and install new shelters and seating, solar lighting, pavement and other pedestrian access improvements, including rapid flash beacons at key crossings. Over the past year, TriMet’s Ridership Amenity Program, funded by our current advertising contractor, replaced roughly 600 existing ad benches with a new design that is more durable and easier to maintain.
Enhancing the culture of safety
Safety is the focus for all of our operational, planning and strategic decisions. Rather than think of it as a single priority, we embrace a culture of safety in all TriMet employees and all TriMet efforts.
Safety Management System
A key component of our culture of safety, TriMet continues to implement a Safety Management System, which focuses on proactive avoidance of risks rather than just being reactive. It requires both self-examination and promotes continuous safety improvements by using formal methods to 1) predict hazards, 2) gather feedback from employees and 3) collect meaningful data. TriMet continues to hold annual safety-focused training for all operators and supervisors and also has a Request for Safety Assessment process in which employees raise concerns. The information gathered from these various channels is analyzed and assessed to identify and control the safety risks. Such a system allows TriMet to determine the need for further actions by sharing knowledge and information. Ultimately, it will continue to lead toward the culture of safety we envision.
In FY2016, highlights of our continued investments in the overall safety of our system include:
- Installation of Positive Train Control (PTC) on WES. PTC is mandated by the Federal Railroad Administration and requires a train control system that prevents collisions caused by human error, including train-to-train collisions, over-speed derailments, incursions into established work zone limits, and the movement of a train through a switch that is in the improper position. Many of these safety features are present on the current WES system, but new federal regulations require upgrades. Total cost of these improvements is estimated to be $10.5 million, of which $6.5 million is budgeted in FY2016.
- All of our MAX stations now have security cameras, in addition to the cameras in place on all MAX trains and buses. The cameras serve as a valuable tool to deter crime and to help locate, track and prosecute people who commit crimes on the transit system. FY2016 is the second year of a multi-year project (FY2015–FY2019) to replace analog CCTV technology on TriMet’s buses and Type 1, 2, and 3 light rail vehicles with digital technology, which provide clearer images that are easier to store and search when records need to be reviewed. TriMet’s new buses and Type 4 and 5 light rail vehicles already have this technology.
Ensuring our riders’ security
TriMet and its Transit Police Division use community policing to reduce and discourage crime on the transit system. In addition to using Crime Prevention through Environment Design (CPTED) standards of open sightlines and good lighting, TriMet relies on key partnerships and a neighborhood approach to crime prevention, along with other security tools.
This comprehensive approach keeps our system safe for our riders and employees. Operating out of four precincts, more than 60 transit police officers are assigned to patrolling, conducting missions, arresting and processing suspects, conducting follow up investigations, conducting surveillance and responding to calls for service related to TriMet. In addition, contracted security personnel, TriMet operators, supervisors, customer service staff and maintenance workers also provide a presence throughout the system. TriMet has also hired a crime analyst to look for trends, which is reflected in focused missions. As our community is changing and becoming more diverse, TriMet is working with local experts to develop a training module in cultural competency intended to improve overall interactions between our employees and the diverse customers we serve daily.
Our Transit Police Division has also developed a new approach to increasing security on and around the TriMet system. The “Transit Response Teams” use plainclothes and undercover officers along with traditional uniformed officers to help deter criminal or inappropriate behavior on the transit system. Transit Police officers also conduct Operation Bus Safe missions—random, unannounced patrols of buses to add a visible presence on the bus system.
These efforts are showing results. In 2014, reported crime was down almost 20 percent system wide since 2012. Most crimes reported on bus, MAX and WES are minor incidents and property crimes, such as vandalism.
Over the last three years, we have strengthened our focus on fare enforcement by adding more staff dedicated to fare inspection on the system. Sixteen new staff members have been added since FY2011 for enforcing fares and the TriMet Code and an additional five more with the opening of the new Orange Line. This shift from education to enforcement is intended to ensure that everyone pays their fare. As noted above, our community is changing and becoming more diverse, and TriMet is working with local experts to develop a training module in cultural competency intended to improve overall interactions between our employees and our riders.
Keeping the MAX system in good shape
With a 30-year old MAX system, TriMet continues to invest in maintenance and infrastructure to improve safety, reliability and on-time performance. This includes incorporating industry best practices, as well as implementing the recommendations related to system reliability.
Some of the major State of Good Repair improvements include:
- Blue Line Station and Crossing Upgrades: Riders will begin to see upgrades to 14 stations between NE 42nd/Hollywood and Cleveland, to increase safety and security and pave the way for information displays and equipment for our future electronic fare system. Pedestrian crossings are getting some improvements and the MAX station shelters are being upgraded. Trees on or near the MAX platforms have been removed to make room for lighting and improve the line-of-sight for security cameras and sense of security for our riders who will have clear views of the platform.
- We’re also making safety improvements at several Blue Line pedestrian crossings in Gresham that began in January 2015. The crossings will be realigned to be perpendicular to the MAX tracks, and new pedestrian warning systems, lighting and channeling will be installed. This will help pedestrians and bicyclists be more aware of an approaching train. This work will be completed in 2016.
Buying new buses
Riders will enjoy the benefits of another 77 new buses being added to the fleet in FY2016. By the end of the fiscal year, TriMet will have a total of 326 new buses on the road over the last five years. We’ve accelerated our annual bus purchase program and are quickly moving from having one of the oldest fleets in the country to matching the industry standard fleet age of eight years. We fell behind when bus replacement was suspended during the recession to focus resources on retaining as much service as possible.
By 2017, we will have replaced all of the remaining high-floor buses in the fleet (those with steps at the door). The new buses are also more efficient and have much lower emissions compared to the older buses they are replacing (95% reduction in nitrous oxides and 98% reduction in particulate matter).
Advancing bus technology
Four of our recently-acquired buses are the latest generation hybrid-electric vehicles, which we are testing for performance, maintenance needs and fuel efficiency. In partnership with BAE Systems, we’ve also developed four all-electric hybrid buses with technology similar to the Toyota Prius, which will go into service by early November 2015. These buses use an electric drive and electricity for all their components. The diesel engine is only on board as a generator of electricity, which allows it to run at its most efficient levels, and minimize fuel use and emissions. As we test these new technologies, we look for cost-effectiveness over the life cycle of the bus, ensuring any premium is justified by performance and reliability before making wholesale changes to the fleet.
Completing the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project/MAX Orange Line
Construction of the 7.3-mile Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project—the MAX Orange Line—opened on time and under budget on September 12, 2015. The new Orange Line connects Portland State University and inner Southeast Portland to Milwaukie and Oak Grove in north Clackamas County via neighborhoods in southeast Portland. The Orange Line expands the MAX system to 60 miles and 97 stations.
Crossing the Willamette River with a new transit bridge
For the first time in more than 40 years, a new bridge spans the Willamette River in Downtown Portland. At 1,720 feet in length, the Tilikum Crossing bridge is the only bridge of its kind in the U.S., carrying light rail trains, buses, streetcars, cyclists and pedestrians, but no private vehicles. It adds capacity to the region’s transportation system, with more light rail connections creating better access to important destinations and reducing commute pressure on other bridges.
Tilikum Crossing also completed the loop for the Portland Streetcar. The Streetcar now provides new connections between South Waterfront and the Eastside operating in both directions (Loop A and Loop B).
2. Ensuring financial stability
Strengthening our financial foundation
We are working hard to control costs. Our Strategic Financial Plan calls for tight fiscal controls that allow us to add service, invest in the system and meet our obligations. This plan provides a clear blueprint for financial and operational decisions and is focused on the long-term sustainability and predictability of TriMet’s financial future. For example, following the guidelines established in the Strategic Financial Plan, the TriMet board adopted pension funding plans for its now-closed pension plans that will significantly reduce the outstanding liability of these legacy benefits over the next 15 years.
A fair labor contract for our future
In October 2014, members of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 757 (ATU)—the union representing the majority of TriMet employees—and TriMet’s Board of Directors approved a new labor agreement. The four-year contract took effect immediately and covers the period from Dec. 1, 2012 through Nov. 30, 2016. Over the life of the four-year contract, it reduced cost compared to the previous contract, so more resources could go into maintenance and service. This game-changing agreement puts TriMet on a sustainable financial path while providing a fair and competitive benefits package for our employees and retirees. It’s a huge step forward for TriMet, for our employees and for riders, because it means we can come together and focus on our common goal of making our existing service better and expanding our system to meet the growing demand for transit.
Responding to the region’s needs for more and better transit
Our region is growing, and we have an opportunity to make smart investments now to help stay ahead of growth and help curb traffic congestion. Expanding transit will connect more people with their community, while boosting our economy and preserving our quality of life. One key driver of TriMet’s ability to deliver more and better service to the region relates to one of our key operating resources: the employer payroll tax. Delivering more and better service requires additional funding. In September 2015, TriMet’s Board of Directors approved an increase in the employer payroll tax that funds the majority of TriMet service by 1/10th of 1 percent to pay for new service and the capital financing to support it. Starting January 1, 2016, the current tax rate of 0.7237% will increase to 0.8237%, phased in increments of 1/100th of 1 percent each year over the next 10 years. All new revenue generated from a payroll tax increase would be dedicated to new service, equipment and technology to serve riders. To learn more about the need and the decision see trimet.org/invest.
Making fares fair
TriMet’s fare policies are another key driver of the agency’s financial stability, as well as the accessibility of service to our riders. For the fourth year in a row, regular adult fares will not be increased in the FY2016 budget. However, changes were made to the Honored Citizen fare. It’s the first Honored Citizen fare increase since 2010. The adult single ride fare is $2.50 and Honored Citizen fares increased from $1 for a single ride ticket to $1.25 (half the regular fare); the monthly pass increased $2 from $26 to $28. Federal Transit Administration guidelines and TriMet Board of Directors policy target sets Honored Citizen fares at half the regular adult fare. The revenue will help provide additional service to riders who are seniors and/or who have a disability. The new fares took effect September 1, 2015.
In another change to our fare system, as of March 1, 2015, transfer times for were extended from two hours to 2.5 hours for all bus and train trips. TriMet’s ticket/transfer policy requires that a rider need only board the last vehicle of their trip before their transfer/ticket expires; they do not need to complete their trip before it expires. The expanded transfer time is expected to increase ridership.
We recognize access to public transit is access to opportunity, so we’ve established Access Transit fare programs. The programs help low-income individuals access transit. We set aside a total of $1.3 million for these programs to improve access for low-income riders and riders with disabilities. Through these programs, we provide fares to non-profits and community-based organizations at a lower cost or at no cost, which they then distribute to their clients. This helps target the benefit on those who need it most.
3. Planning for the Future of Transit
Service Enhancement Plans
In addition to the near-term improvements identified each year in our Annual Service Plan, TriMet is also working with riders, residents, neighborhood groups, governments, schools and businesses to create a shared vision for the future of transit through what we call Service Enhancement Plans.
Starting in 2012, we began taking a fresh look at how transit service and access to transit can be improved throughout the region to support current needs and future visions. By working with our riders and neighbors to identify service needs and improvements, we can expand service to be more responsive to the community’s needs. Our Service Enhancement Plans directly advance our goal to develop more and better service for neighborhoods to support economic development and improve access to jobs, education and other everyday needs.
The needs for improved transit service and access to that service differ in various parts of the region. Because of these differences, we work with the public and neighborhoods on plans for each of these parts of the region:
- Eastside, including East Portland and cities of East Multnomah County
- Southwest, including Southwest Portland and the cities of Tigard, Tualatin, Sherwood, King City, Durham, Lake Oswego and West Linn
- North/Central, including Portland west of I-205 and generally north of Division
- Southeast, including Southeast Portland (generally from Division south and east to I-205), Milwaukie, Happy Valley, Gladstone, urban areas of Clackamas County, Oregon City and Estacada.
For more on each and to stay updated or get involved, visit trimet.org/future.
Making new community and job connections
Traditional bus service isn’t a good fit everywhere. Some areas simply have too few people, too few street connections, or lack the mix of land uses to support a traditional bus line. A new type of transit service called “community and job connectors” is one way for these types of areas to be served by transit. Community and job connector service can be tailored to the neighborhood and employer needs. One way of making this kind of service work is for TriMet to partner with cities and other stakeholders to identify funding opportunities that would allow contracting for shuttle services. For example, the City of Forest Grove is now served by the GroveLink shuttle service, operated by Ride Connection.
Improving access to transit
TriMet continually works to improve access to the transit system for those who connect by walking, rolling, and riding a bike. Working closely with our partners ensures that TriMet can focus on strategic investments in access to transit.
Pedestrian Access to Transit
- Working with cities and counties across the region, as well as ODOT, TriMet’s Pedestrian Network Analysis Project developed a data-driven system to prioritize places around the region where sidewalk and crosswalk investments will provide a safer and more comfortable walking experience and better access to transit.
- This effort guides current and future investments in access, both from TriMet and from our partners in the region, and includes recent competitive grant awards for access improvements on corridors such as SW Barbur, SE Powell and Tualatin Valley Hwy/Oregon Hwy 8.
Bicycle Access to Transit
- TriMet is developing its first-ever Bike Plan. Funded by a grant, the Plan will help improve bike access to transit, and help guide investments in biking infrastructure and amenities. This includes expanding parking options and accommodating bikes on buses, MAX and WES trains.
- Improving bike parking facilities throughout the system are made as needed and as funding allows each year. These improvements may include new or additional basic bike racks, covered bike parking, or secure and enclosed Bike & Rides.
- TriMet also regularly seeks grant awards for key bike parking improvements at strategic access points in the system. One recent highlight of a grant award is the current Westside Bike & Rides: Access to Employment project, funded through a ConnectOregon V award for enhanced bike parking improvements at Goose Hollow/SW Jefferson St. and Beaverton Creek MAX Station. This will allow cyclists to park their bikes at secure locations before traveling through the Westside tunnel, which is one of the most congested parts of the MAX system for bike access.
Building partnerships for priorities identified in the region’s high-capacity transit plan
TriMet is a partner in the planning effort for the Powell-Division corridor. Metro has launched the Powell-Division Transit and Development Project looking at business and housing development opportunities and potential transit capital improvements in the Powell Boulevard and/or Division Street corridors. The transit action plan adopted by the project’s Steering Committee advances a bus rapid transit project with the general route of the western portion of Powell Boulevard transitioning to Division Street to Downtown Gresham, connecting to Mt. Hood Community College.
In October 2015, the project was approved to move into Project Development by the Federal Transit Administration. Approximately a two-year process, Project Development will prepare the project for a federal grant application, final design and construction. As part of that process, the Steering Committee will finalize the definition of the future transit project, including reaching decisions on routing in Downtown Portland, the Portland north/south crossover option between Powell and Division, and the Gresham north/south option to connect to Mt. Hood Community College. It will also decide upon general station locations in relation to the transit network and underlying service, as well as basic design treatments, including the cross section, design and related transportation infrastructure (road, bicycle and pedestrian).
The study of options for the Powell-Division corridor is concurrent with TriMet’s Eastside Service Enhancement Plan, which is working with the public and neighbors generally east of I-205 to create a shared vision for future increased transit services. At the same time, TriMet has led efforts to get more funding for sidewalk and crossing improvements on the Eastside. Our intention is to help create a comprehensive set of improvements over time for transit and access to transit on the Eastside.
TriMet is also a partner in the Southwest Corridor planning effort led by Metro. The Cities of Tigard, Tualatin, King City, Durham, Sherwood and Portland, Washington County, ODOT, TriMet and Metro are working with the public and neighbors in the corridor to discuss how best to achieve a local community vision and address regional goals. The planning process is intended to develop an action plan for local and regional agreements to build the vision through transportation and community building investments. We are also coordinating these planning efforts with our Southwest Service Enhancement Plan. From 2015 through spring 2016, the Southwest Corridor Plan Steering Committee and partners are working with the public to select the most promising transit, roadway, bicycling and walking projects for each of the communities along the Corridor.