Buses, Trains and Automobiles

Last night, the Downtown Neighborhood Association invited TriMet to a meeting to discuss issues around the Transit Mall Light Rail project. Last Friday’s Tribune sensationalized this to a degree.

Looking over the written questions the association submited to TriMet, I was reminded of a challenge in working with neighborhood associations on large capital projects: the leadership can turn over completely during the time it takes to get a project from planning to construction. The TriMet team did a good job of reviewing the history of the project, AND its outreach.

Last night, the Downtown Neighborhood Association invited TriMet to a meeting to discuss issues around the Transit Mall Light Rail project. Last Friday’s Tribune sensationalized this to a degree.

Looking over the written questions the association submited to TriMet, I was reminded of a challenge in working with neighborhood associations on large capital projects: the leadership can turn over completely during the time it takes to get a project from planning to construction. The TriMet team did a good job of reviewing the history of the project, AND its outreach.

The main reason I attended was to understand how buses will be re-routed during construction. I had understood that 10th and 11th were under consideration and wanted to hear the plan for how they would operate with the Streetcar.

But it appears that the main detour routes will be 3rd and 4th, with some on Columbia and Jefferson. The staff recommendation will be released in early February and the public comment period will begin then.

As to the questions of how cars, buses and trains will interact on the mall, I think TriMet has made its case well.

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