TriMet has released the detailed locations of bus stops relocated for the Transit Mall reconstruction starting in January.
Jim Mayer picks up in the Oregonian (“Downtown’s maze gets tricker”) where the Tribune left off, talking about disruption to businesses from Transit Mall and related construction.
Meanwhile, the Business Journal is reporting on an eminant domain fight (subscription required unfortunately) over the properties on the southern end of the mall where TriMet is putting the LRT turn-around.
Of course in ten years it will be a forgotten memory, but right now it’s ‘ouch’. It’s worth remembering that with each LRT project, TriMet has gotten better at helping businesses along the alignment cope with construction.
Yesterday’s O included an article on expected disruption to retail during the upcoming Transit Mall reconstruction.
At the same time, TriMet has just launched a web site (http://portlandmall.org/) just for the project.
You can get more details at a series of open houses that TriMet is holding in November.
From an e-mail blast from TriMet:
We want your opinion! TriMet, Metro and the City of Portland are building a new website to provide the public with timely information about the Portland Mall Light Rail construction project beginning in January 2007. Please help us make the site as useful as possible by taking this brief survey. http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=553612090047
After reviewing all the comments, TriMet has released their complete plan, to go into operation in January of 2007.
- 17 bus lines will run on 3rd and 4th avenues, carrying 85 percent of downtown riders on weekdays.
- 7 bus lines will run on Columbia and Jefferson streets, carrying 6 percent of weekday downtown riders.
- Line 14-Hawthorne will run on SW 2nd Ave and cross the Morrison Bridge before returning to its regular route on SE Hawthorne. Line 14 carries 8 percent of downtown riders.
- Frequent Service on Line 9-Powell will be extended to the Union Station area to connect with Amtrak and Greyhound arrivals and departures. Night service on Powell will be added between SE 98th and Union Station, running every 15 minutes until about 10 p.m., seven days a week.
- Line 77-Broadway/Halsey will be rerouted to run in front of Union Station.
- Line 1-Greeley will become Line 35-Greeley and continue through downtown as Line 35-Macadam. Line 40-Mocks Crest will become Line 44-Mocks Crest and continue through downtown as Line 44-Capitol Hwy.