Note: this story has been updated as of March 16, 2016. Some details in the materials below have changed. Get the latest project update
On Jan. 11, planners for the Powell-Division Transit and Development Project held an open house in the Jade District to discuss whether 82nd Avenue is still the community's preferred choice for connecting bus rapid transit between Powell Boulevard and Division Street.
The project would add a new kind of transit to TriMet's system: bus rapid transit, featuring larger, more comfortable buses, improved stations and more reliable service to jobs, school and communities.
The Jan. 11 open house was intended to show the public what bus rapid transit on 82nd Avenue could look like.
On this page, see materials from the open house.
Decision-making timeline and process
To date, there has been strong support for bringing bus rapid transit to 82nd Avenue.
Engagement activities 2014 through 2015 included:
- Powell-Division Steering Committee members from APANO, PCC Southeast, Southeast Uplift and East Portland Action Plan
- Input opportunities and project information at busy locations and community events, such as the Jade Night Market and PCC Southeast
- Door-to-door, multilingual canvassing of businesses in spring and fall of 2015
- Multilingual outreach to potentially impacted business and property owners in fall 2015
- Public workshop at Fubonn in winter 2015
- Project briefings at neighborhood associations
- Coordination with stakeholder groups, including Jade District, PCC Southeast and 82nd Avenue Improvement Coalition
- Thousands of people took online surveys
Why bus rapid transit on 82nd Avenue?
- Strong support from community, steering committee
- Emerging Jade District and major destinations
- Existing high transit ridership and bus transfers
- Improve quality of transit and pedestrian environment
Design constraints on 82nd Avenue
- Existing narrow sidewalks; many driveways
- Existing congestion heavily impacts travel time and reliability for transit and traffic
- 82nd Ave experiences some of the worst congestion delay in the project corridor
- Most traffic delay comes from major signalized intersections (82nd/Powell; 82nd Division)
- No existing bike facilities on 82nd Ave
- Existing freight route
A spectrum of scenarios
There are several scenarios for what bus rapid transit might look like on 82nd Avenue. The steering committee's upcoming decision isn't about which of those scenarios is best. Study and public engagement on that will continue into the spring. This section of documents describes what those spectrums might look like.
What might BRT look like on 82nd Avenue?
The graphics below show some potential preliminary designs for how bus rapid transit might look on 82nd Avenue, depending on the design option chosen. Note that these are draft designs only for illustrative and scale purposes.
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This story has been updated as of March 16, 2016. Read a project update to see what's new with the project. Go