Learn about options to improve transit service and enhance neighborhoods along Powell and Division.
Gresham community forums
Dec. 16, 2013, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Centennial Middle School, 17650 SE Brooklyn St.
Jan. 9, 2014, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Mt. Hood Community College, Town and Gown room, 26000 SE Stark St.
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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, now 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.
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.
Powell-Division Transit and Development Project
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.
The East Metro Connections Plan identifies transportation and other investments that advance economic and community development.