Improving Pedestrian Access to Transit

We’re working with cities and counties to improve sidewalks, crossings and other amenities. Together, we’re making transit more accessible.

For the Pedestrian Network Analysis Project, we partnered with cities and counties to identify areas around the region where pedestrian improvements will provide safer and more comfortable access to transit.

In particular, we looked at areas where sidewalks are missing, traffic volumes are high, speed limits are high and pedestrian crashes have occurred in the past.

We analyzed 7,000 transit stops and made specific, actionable recommendations that cities, counties and the state can incorporate into community plans, project designs and funding decisions.

Examples of pedestrian improvement:

  • Adding or widening sidewalks
  • Adding landscaping
  • Planting street trees
  • Calming traffic
  • Installing a protected crossing
  • Adding street lighting

Every transit rider is a pedestrian.

Whether walking or using a mobility device, all riders need to be able to get to their stops safely and comfortably.

What makes a good pedestrian experience?

It’s essential to provide safe, convenient and attractive sidewalks, pedestrian crossings and waiting areas.

The more people walk, the better.

Walking to transit stops is an easy way to stay active and healthy. Plus, it’s cheaper than driving and helps reduce air pollution.

Access means independence.

Transit is the primary means of transportation for many people, including youth, seniors and people with disabilities.

What we’re doing to improve access.

We’re helping cities and counties by providing actionable data about the areas most in need of pedestrian infrastructure improvements.

 

10 focus areas: a starting point

As a result of the study, we chose 10 key areas to focus our attention first.

We are working with our partners at the city, county and state levels to move pedestrian investments forward in these areas.

City of Beaverton: SW Farmington Rd. & SW Murray Blvd.

SW Farmington Rd. & SW Murray Blvd. focus area is located in the City of Beaverton. It is situated approximately one mile from the City’s downtown, an area of particular interest to the City as it works to revitalize the area. The focus area’s close proximity to downtown Beaverton and direct connections to TriMet service make it a prime location for infrastructure investments that will improve a person’s ability to walk to transit stops and local destinations safely, directly, and comfortably.

City Beaverton: SW Farmington Rd. & SW Murray Blvd.
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Clackamas County: Clackamas Town Center Transit Center

The Clackamas Town Center Transit Center focus area is located in Clackamas County. It is situated approximately four miles from the City of Milwaukie’s downtown, 6.5 miles from the City of Oregon City’s downtown, and eight miles from Gateway Regional Center. Light rail and bus connections converge at Clackamas Transit Center. A variety of retail outlets are located directly adjacent to the transit center in the Clackamas Town Center Mall. The focus area’s abundance of shopping and employment opportunities, located directly adjacent to TriMet’s transit service, makes it a prime location for infrastructure investments that will improve a person’s ability to walk to transit stops and local destinations safely, directly, and comfortably.

Clackamas County: Clackamas Town Center Transit Center
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City of Gresham: SE Division St. & SE 182nd Ave.

The SE Division and SE 182nd focus area is located in the City of Gresham. It is situated approximately two miles from the City of Gresham’s downtown and one mile from the City’s Rockwood Neighborhood. Within the focus area a variety of retail and service outlets are located along SE Division St. & SE 182nd Ave. Its concentration of destinations and close proximity to Gresham’s Downtown and the Rockwood Neighborhood, a center of attention for reinvestment in Gresham, makes this focus area a prime location for infrastructure investments that will improve a person’s ability to walk to transit stops and local destinations safely, directly, and comfortably.

City of Gresham: SE Division St. & SE 182nd Ave.
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City of Hillsboro: Tanasbourne Town Center

The Tanasbourne Town Center focus area is located in the City of Hillsboro. It is situated approximately six miles from the City of Hillsboro’s downtown and the City of Beaverton’s downtown. Light rail and bus connections converge at three transit centers accessible by bus from the focus area. The closest one is the Willow Creek/SW 185th Ave Transit Center. Within the focus area a variety of retail and service providers are located along NW185th Ave. The mix of uses in the area makes this focus area a prime location for infrastructure investments that will improve a person’s ability to walk to transit stops and local destinations safely, directly, and comfortably. It is an area of attention for the City of Hillsboro.

City of Hillsboro: Tanasbourne Town Center
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City of Oregon City: Clackamas County Red Soils Campus

The Clackamas County Red Soils Campus focus area is located in the City of Oregon City. It is situated approximately 1.5 miles from Oregon City’s downtown and seven miles from Clackamas Regional Center. There are connections to bus lines at the Oregon City Transit Center, located in downtown Oregon City. Within the focus area there is a variety of retail and services. Nearly all of the County’s offices and services are located in this focus area at its Red Soils Campus. The fact the County has all of it services located in the area, combined with the mix of uses makes it a good location for infrastructure investments that will improve a person’s ability to walk to transit stops and local destinations safely, directly, and comfortably.

City of Oregon City: Clackamas County Red Soils Campus
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City of Portland: SE Division St. & SE 122nd Ave.

The SE Division St. & SE 122nd Ave. focus area is located in the City of Portland. It is situated approximately seven miles from the City of Portland’s downtown, five miles from City of Gresham’s downtown, and three miles from Portland’s Gateway Regional Center. Light rail and bus connections converge nearby at the MAX Green Line Division St. Station and the MAX Blue Line E 122nd Ave Station. Within the focus area a variety of retail and service providers are located along SE 122nd Ave. & SE Division St. The high existing transit ridership in this area combined with the mix of land uses makes this focus area a good location for infrastructure investments that will improve a person’s ability to walk to transit stops and local destinations safely, directly, and comfortably.

City of Portland: SE Division St. & SE 122nd Ave.
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City of Portland: SE Powell Blvd. & SE 82nd Ave.

The SE Powell Blvd. & SE 82nd Ave. focus area is located in the City of Portland. It is situated approximately six miles from the City of Portland’s downtown, seven miles from City of Gresham’s Downtown, and 2.5 miles from Portland’s Gateway Regional Center. Light rail and bus connections converge nearby at the MAX Green Line Powell St. Station and the MAX Red/Blue Line 82nd Ave. Station. Within the focus area a variety of retail and service providers are located along SE 82nd Ave. and SE Powell Blvd. The high existing transit ridership in this area combined with the mix of land uses makes this focus area a good location for infrastructure investments that will improve a person’s ability to walk to transit stops and local destinations safely, directly, and comfortably.

City of Portland: SE Powell Blvd. & SE 82nd Ave.
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City of Portland: Hillsdale

The Hillsdale focus area is located in the City of Portland. It is situated approximately three miles from the City of Portland’s downtown, 5.5 miles from the City of Beaverton’s Downtown, and five miles from the City of Tigard’s Downtown. Light rail and bus connections converge at Portland’s Transit Mall and at the Beaverton Transit Center. Connections to WES Commuter Rail can be made at Tigard or Beaverton Transit Centers. Within the focus area a variety of retail and service providers are located along SW Capitol Hwy and SW Barbur Blvd. The mix of land uses and plans for future high capacity transit service makes this focus area a good location for infrastructure investments that will improve a person’s ability to walk to transit stops and local destinations safely, directly, and comfortably.

City of Portland: Hillsdale
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City of Tigard: Tigard Transit Center

The Tigard Transit Center focus area is located in the City of Tigard. It is situated in the City of Tigard’s downtown and is 4.5 miles from the City of Beaverton’s Downtown and 3.5 miles from the City of Tualatin’s Downtown. Commuter Rail and bus connections converge at Tigard Transit Center and connections to light rail can be made at Beaverton Transit Center. Within the focus area a variety of neighborhood retail and services are located along Pacific Hwy. The mix of land uses and plans for future light rail service makes this focus area a good location for infrastructure investments that will improve a person’s ability to walk to transit stops and local destinations safely, directly, and comfortably.

City of Tigard: Tigard Transit Center
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Washington County: SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy. & SW Scholls Ferry Rd.

The SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy & SW Scholls Ferry Rd. focus area is located in Washington County, on the border of the City of Beaverton and the City of Portland. It is situated 2.5 miles from downtown Beaverton, five miles from downtown Portland, and 4.5 miles from downtown Tigard. Commuter Rail and bus connections converge at Tigard and Beaverton Transit Centers and connections to light rail can be made at Beaverton Transit Center. Within the focus area a variety of neighborhood retail and services are located along SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy. The mix of land uses and abundance of senior housing in this focus area make it a good location for infrastructure investments that will improve a person’s ability to walk to transit stops and local destinations safely, directly, and comfortably.

Washington County: SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy. & SW Scholls Ferry Rd.
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Evaluating pedestrian access

Good pedestrian access:

  • Wide sidewalks
  • Low-volume streets, slow-traffic speeds (“traffic calming”)
  • Good lighting
  • Street amenities (benches, trees, etc.)
  • Well-marked intersections with signalized (protected) crossings

Poor pedestrian access:

  • Narrow sidewalks or no sidewalks at all
  • High-volume streets, fast-moving traffic
  • Poor lighting
  • No intersection markings
  • Long pedestrian wait times

 

How you can help

We’re working with cities and counties to promote the ways communities can help make areas near transit stops safer, more convenient and more pleasant to walk. Want to help improve pedestrian access in your area?

  • Report a transit stop with poor pedestrian access
  • Join your Transportation Management Association, neighborhood association, or bicycle/pedestrian committee
  • Sign up for email updates (use the form below)

Through the Pedestrian Network Analysis Project, TriMet is partnering with cities and counties to identify areas around the region where pedestrian improvements will provide safer and more comfortable access to transit.

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