Title says it all. TriMet is now starting its planning and public outreach activities in preparation of the opening of Portland-Milwaukie MAX next year, and is looking for public input, particularly on the question of how bus service should be reorganized around PMLR. A set of guidelines for the process can be found here. The SE quadrant will also be the focus of broader Service Enhancement Planning (SEP) activities in 2015. (This calendar year, the focus will be in the SW quadrant, in harmony with the SW Corridor).
But back to the SE. The things noted in the guidelines look appropriate to me; major issues being considered include:
- Minimizing duplicative bus service following the general Portland-Milwaukie alignment
- Limiting the number of bus lines that end in downtown Milwaukie. Instead, some north-south lines could connect with east-west lines to create longer routes.
- Moving three bus lines onto the new light rail bridge, allowing these lines to avoid traffic congestion on and around the Ross Island Bridge
Some thoughts after the jump.