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Will light rail cut into your local bus line?

Once the new light-rail Orange Line opens between Portland State University and Oak Grove in September 2015, you might no longer be able to take a TriMet bus directly from Oregon City to downtown Portland.

Because of the potentially “duplicative” service along McLoughlin Boulevard, TriMet officials are considering whether to make people who ride the bus between OC and Portland transfer to and from the light-rail line in Milwaukie. The possibility of ending TriMet’s current version of Line 33 is among several proposals being discussed.

Other bus lines in Clackamas County that could be affected include the 28 Linwood, 29 Lake/Webster Road, 30 Estacada, 31 King Road,, 32 Oatfield, 34 River Road, 35 Macadam, 36 South Shore, 70/75/152 (all with stops in Milwaukie) and the 99 McLoughlin Express.

Although forcing more people to transfer would be a downside to discontinuing parts of Milwaukie-area bus services, the transit agency is looking to save money and increase total ridership. MAX rides cost TriMet an average of $1.61 per ride, while bus rides cost an average of $2.68.

TriMet’s goal is to develop proposals for using limited resources to make bus service work efficiently with the new MAX line. A plan for changes to take effect with the opening of light rail is expected to be finalized in early 2015, and a longer-term vision for transit service in the southeast part of the region will continue through 2015, with the goal of producing a shared vision for future transit improvements over the next 20 years.

Buses heading where?

Give TriMet officials your opinion about proposed transit changes when the light-rail line opens:

Tuesday, Feb. 25, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Sacred Heart Villa, 3925 S.E. Milwaukie Ave., Portland

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., CH2M HILL Lunch Room, fifth floor, 2020 S.W. Fourth Ave., Portland

Thursday, Feb. 27, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Milwaukie High School, 11300 S.E. 23rd Ave.

Tuesday, March 4, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Pioneer Community Center, 615 5th St., Oregon City




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