This past week, TriMet released its first draft proposal for improved bus service in East County (essentially, anything east of Interstate 205 and north of Mt. Scott). Like the recently similar proposal for the SW Metro area, the new Eastside Plan is an effort being done in parallel with a rapid transit project (the Powell/Division BRT), but does not include that project itself; instead it focuses on (mostly) non-capital improvements to bus service: new routes, re-routings, and improvements to frequency and/or span of service. (A few proposed changes require new streets be completed).
A map and brief description is here:
And as Bike Portland reports, one of the proposed changes will soon come to fruition: The 71 between Lents and Parkrose via 122nd, will become a frequent service route once Portland completes some improvements. (It appears that this line will be disconnected from the western leg of the 71 at Parkrose; whether that will be joined with another line or not, I do not know).
Anyway, on to the details, and my comments, after the jump: