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Powell-Division Transit and Development Project

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Learn about options to improve transit service and enhance neighborhoods along Powell and Division.

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Project briefings

May 19, 7 to 9 p.m.
Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Coalition, Land Use and Transportation Committee. Learn more

May 28, 6 to 8 p.m.
East Gresham Community Information Fair. Learn more

Steering Committee meetings

June 23, 4 to 6 p.m.
East Hill Church, office complex room
701 N Main Ave, Gresham

Sept. 29, 4 to 6 p.m.
Southeast Portland location TBD

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The Powell-Division Transit and Development Project is a community-based effort to bring a new regional transit investment to Southeast Portland, East Portland and Gresham that can be built in five to seven years.

The public conversation, through spring 2015, will center on transit alternatives – the vehicle type, its route and station locations – as well as strategies for community development at future station areas.


This project will study various transit modes’ ability to meet the needs of current and new transit riders while contributing to the vision for these areas identified in recent community plans. Public participation will play a critical role in crafting a solution that has community support.

The project will also look for opportunities to support neighborhoods, stimulate economic development and make it easier and safer to get around. For example, new crosswalks, sidewalks, and enhanced transit stops will likely be a part of the solution.

Key objectives

  • Develop a transit solution that effectively serves the high demand in the near term.
  • Develop a strategy that identifies related land use and transportation investments to serve neighborhoods and stimulate community and economic development along the transit line.
  • Engage the community in all phases.

Background and related efforts

Every day thousands of people ride the buses on Powell Boulevard and Division Street. Regional studies identify this corridor as an area with the most need for improved transit. This corridor is a near-term priority in Metro’s Regional High Capacity Transit System Plan and the East Metro Connections Plan, a 2-year effort in east Multnomah County that that identified specific transportation, community, economic development projects and their phasing over the next 20 years.

Project partners include the cities of Portland and Gresham, Multnomah County, Oregon Department of Transportation and TriMet. The project will be closely coordinated with other efforts, including TriMet's Service Enhancement Plan, Gresham's Transportation System Plan, Portland's Comprehensive Plan, the Division Neighborhood Street Plan, the Outer Powell Boulevard Design Plan, the East Portland in Motion strategy, the Neighborhood Prosperity Initiatives and the East Metro Connections Plan.

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Related efforts

High Capacity Transit System Plan

Learn about the program to guide regional high capacity transit capital investments by evaluating and prioritizing transportation corridors for potential new projects and extensions to existing lines.

East Metro Connections Plan

The East Metro Connections Plan identifies transportation and other investments that advance economic and community development.

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