transit

A cut too deep? TriMet scrambles to work out southwest service kinks

Lisa Caballero (Southwest Correspondent) by on September 9th, 2021 at 3:39 pm

It’s standing room only on route 51, if you can get on the bus. (Photo: Lisa Caballero/BikePortland)

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TriMet cancels board meeting to allow more input on GM pick

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on January 5th, 2021 at 10:17 am

New leadership is a golden opportunity for TriMet — and for the entire Portland region.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Portland rolls out next projects for ‘Rose Lane’ transit priority plan

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on December 10th, 2020 at 4:08 pm

PBOT’s Rose Lane Project map. The primary Rose Lane network consists of 13 bus lines and two streetcar lines.

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Portland continues ‘Rose Lane’ transit push amid ridership decline, electoral shift

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on December 3rd, 2020 at 11:17 am

One of the first Rose Lane projects on SW Madison.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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Portland’s cheap and easy bus lane projects are working well

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on November 26th, 2019 at 10:38 am

Cheap, fast, and effective.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Amid all the talk about how to “fix congestion” there’s one cheap and relatively simple solution staring us in the face: dedicated lanes for efficient vehicles like bikes and buses.[Read more…]

Rose Lane Project an effort to ‘redistribute’ right-of-way from auto to transit users

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on November 4th, 2019 at 11:52 am

A redistribution of roadway wealth from auto users to transit users happened last week on SW Main.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

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With key federal approval, Portland is ‘full steam ahead’ on bus lane project

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on October 7th, 2019 at 4:14 pm

Red bus lane in Seattle.
(Photo: Seattle DOT)

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A good example of bus/bike integration at a transit stop

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on August 8th, 2019 at 10:03 am

New bus island on NE Weidler west of 103rd Place.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Yesterday while taking a look at the new striping and other changes the City has made to NE 102nd (story to come), I decided to take a ride on the newly updated Halsey-Weidler couplet through the Gateway district. I reported on the project back in June and wanted to give it a check-up.
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At 122nd Avenue event, Eudaly touts potential of ‘transportation done right’

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on September 10th, 2018 at 2:44 pm

Commissioner Chloe Eudaly (in blue) walks across 122nd Avenue at Stanton with former political rival Steve Novick, TriMet COO Maurice Henderson (left), County Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson, and PBOT Interim Director Chris Warner (back).

“The power of transportation isn’t just in getting people from place-to-place. When we get transportation right, we can accomplish so much more.
— Chloe Eudaly, Commissioner

Portland City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly officially became in charge of the transportation bureau less than one week ago. But that didn’t stop her from showing up at a ribbon-cutting event this morning in east Portland. In a brief speech to mark the completion of the first phase of the 122nd Avenue Plan, Eudaly made it clear this oft-neglected part of our city would be a priority for her office. She also coined the phrase, “Transportation done right,” while listing several ways great streets can make a positive impact on Portland.

Eudaly was joined this morning by PBOT Interim Director Chris Warner, TriMet Chief Operating Officer Maurice Henderson, Multnomah County Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson, and former City Commissioner Steve Novick. [Read more…]

PBOT will test pre-fab bus islands to smooth traffic flow

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on August 29th, 2018 at 7:52 am

Coming soon to Portland.
(Photo: Zicla)

This is the problem bus islands can solve. (As seen on N Williams Ave before the lane was moved to the left side of the street.)
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

On streets where buses and bikes are common, the “leapfrog” phenomenon has been a thorn in the side of the City of Portland for many years. It happens when a bus operator pulls all the way to the curb to service a stop — and temporarily blocks a travel lane used by bicycle riders. This behavior causes people to either stop and breathe toxic bus exhaust, or swerve around the bus into a more dangerous shared-lane environment. The issue has become more acute in recent years as the Bureau of Transportation has built more curbside lanes protected from drivers.

When a bus operator can still swing into a lane, it no longer qualifies as protected.
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