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ODOT adds more shuttles for Oregon City Bridge closure

Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on April 28th, 2011 at 4:37 pm

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) announced today that, starting Monday (5/2) they will increase the frequency of shuttle bus service around the closed Arch Bridge between Oregon City and West Linn.

The more frequent service comes as a response to high demand and the coming summer season, says ODOT spokeswoman Susan Hanson. "Ridership has been growing since January and we felt with the good weather, we're likely to see even more ridership."

Hanson reports that some of the shuttle trips have been over capacity and they've had to install straps inside the buses to accomodate more passengers.

The 88-year old bridge closed back in January and will remain closed for two years while crews perform major renovations. While motor vehicle traffic can easily detour around the closure and use I-205 to cross the river, it's a different story for people on bikes and foot. To retain some level of convenience during the closure, ODOT is spending $550,000 on the shuttle bus service.

Starting Monday, the shuttle bus will take 15 minutes instead of 20. With less wait time between trips, ODOT is able to offer more frequency. The shuttle also runs later now; until 9:00 pm on weekdays and 8:00 pm on weekends (and starts at 5:00 am and 7:00 am respectively). Hanson says the changes also come as a response to rider feedback.

The shuttle can carry up to seven passengers, four bicycles and one wheelchair. Since the shuttle started on January 15th, it has carried 5,633 riders, 591 of which were riding a bicycle. On an average weekend day, ODOT reports that nine people riding bikes use the shuttle.

— Learn more at ArchRehab.com and download the shuttle schedule here (PDF). Browse past coverage of this project in our archives.

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  • Todd Boulanger April 28, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    And any info on who the other riders are - pedestrians: shoppers, lunch time restaurant goers, etc?

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  • ralph April 28, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Early morning riders and runners will have to wait 2 hours after sunrise to cross the river on weekends. It would be great to get a 5:00 am start. How about it, ODOT?

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  • Paul Hanrahan April 28, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    I'm impressed, 10% of the riders are bikers!

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  • velowocky April 28, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    The simple solution is to just have the shuttle pick up folks when they are ready (like how a real ferry operates). What is the point of running trips on some arbitrary time frame? I was about fifty miles into a,ride and then sat waiting for a return. Left messages with the project manager that day and with the community contact person

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  • matt picio May 3, 2011 at 10:06 am

    "some of the shuttle trips have been over capacity" - No kidding, we told ODOT and Tri-Met 2 years ago that this would happen. numerous times, at multiple meetings. Kudos to them for accommodating it, but it would've been nice for the agencies to be proactive rather than reactive on this one.

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