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At long last, TriMet says a new Gideon Street-Brooklyn bridge is coming

Avatar by on June 29th, 2017 at 1:56 pm

Yellow line shows the location of the old Gideon-Brooklyn footbridge. A crucial neighborhood connection, it was torn down by TriMet in 2013 and never replaced.

At long last TriMet says they’ll replace the old footbridge that used to cross over the Union Pacific Railroad tracks between Southeast Gideon and Brooklyn/16th streets.
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One year in, how’s the Lafayette Street bridge elevator treating you?

Avatar by on November 7th, 2016 at 12:12 pm

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The bridge has been in operation for just over a year now.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

I used the Lafayette Street Bridge for the first time last week. And I liked it.

The bridge was completed by TriMet in 2015 as part of the Orange Line MAX project and creates a connection over railroad tracks in the Brooklyn neighborhood between SE Lafayette and Rhine streets. It’s the only crossing of the tracks between Holgate and Powell (major arterials).
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Activists (temporarily) take the swing out of TriMet’s swing gates

Avatar by on February 2nd, 2016 at 11:54 am


TriMet’s swing gates at SE 11th are working as intended again as of this morning.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

The latest chapter in swing gate-gate wasn’t open for long.
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Videos show difficulties navigating TriMet’s swing gates

Avatar by on January 28th, 2016 at 12:56 pm

A new video just released by veteran transportation reform advocate Doug Klotz (we profiled him back in November) shows that the new swing gates installed by TriMet along the Orange Line in inner southeast Portland pose a significant barrier to people in motorized wheelchairs.
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TriMet projects on Orange Line path at SE 8th should improve cycling

Avatar by on January 13th, 2016 at 11:18 am


Looking west from the path toward SE 8th.
(Photo by Adam Herstein/Twitter)

TriMet is making changes to the path that runs along the new Orange MAX line in inner southeast.
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Despite objections, TriMet installs swing-gates at 11th Avenue rail crossing

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on December 23rd, 2015 at 1:49 pm

New swing gate at the Orange Line crossing
of 11th Avenue.
(Photo: TriMet)

Portland’s regional transit agency has installed swing-out gates that biking advocates say will force people on bikes and trikes to stop or dismount in order to cross its new MAX tracks at SE 11th Avenue.

However, it installed only two out of eight swing gates it had earlier proposed for the area.

As part of a collaboration with the Portland Bureau of Transportation, TriMet crews installed the new gates on Tuesday. The idea is that if people biking are forced to stop and open a gate, they won’t roll onto the tracks without first checking to see if a train is coming.

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One commuter’s take on the many turns and stops on Tilikum’s east side

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on October 27th, 2015 at 2:14 pm

tilikum east side map with numbers

Issues identified in Justin C.’s letter below.
(Map: Google. Annotations: BikePortland)

How many inconveniences does it take to add up to a serious problem?

“I feel like I’m using a system that was not designed for me… It seems to be designed to get me out of the way of transit vehicles, not to get me to work.”
— Justin C.

For about a year now, we’ve been watching the expanse of east-side paths to Tilikum Crossing with unease. We’ve heard from many readers, publicly and privately, about its many issues. But like most of us, we wanted to give TriMet and the Portland Bureau of Transportation a chance to get it built, celebrate the good parts and work the kinks out before talking about what can be done to fix the problems here.

After more than a month of Tilikum crossings, it’s time to start talking about what’s still wrong and what can be done. And we couldn’t frame the situation better than one reader, Justin C., did in an email to BikePortland last week.

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TriMet adjusts Orange Line crossing plans after community opposition – UPDATED

Avatar by on September 29th, 2015 at 10:45 am

Orange Line crossings

How concerned is TriMet about safety of inner southeast rail crossings? At Sunday Parkways they had a police officer standing guard.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Despite opposition from the city’s official biking and walking advisory committees, TriMet plans to install manual “swing” gates at crossings of the Orange Line in inner southeast Portland.
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First Look: Lafayette Street pedestrian bridge crosses inner SE railroad tracks

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on September 15th, 2015 at 3:07 pm

ped bridge wide

The new bridge replaces a wooden one from approximately 1943.
(Photos: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

One of the big obstacles to biking in south-southeast Portland has once again been bridged.

Along with the opening this weekend of the new Orange MAX Line and the Tilikum Crossing, TriMet opened a new Lafayette Street pedestrian bridge across the Union Pacific Railroad tracks in the Brooklyn neighborhood.

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Orange Line/Tilikum Bridge opening day open thread

Avatar by on September 12th, 2015 at 9:51 am

bike dress

Today is the Big Day. TriMet’s new Orange Line MAX and the Tilikum Crossing Bridge opens for regular service.
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