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TriMet considers new NE bus layover location

TriMet is considering building an off-street layover facility for some northeast Portland bus drivers at 511 Northeast Lombard St. The facility would especially serve drivers of buses on Line 8-Jackson Park/NE 15th Ave.

TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane presented the proposal to the agency's Board of Directors at its Wednesday, July 9, meeting. If approved, the site will be purchased and a permanent layover facility will be constructed that will include off-street parking for buses as well as a break area and restroom. The total amount budgeted for the project is $2.2 million.

The project team recommended the site after reviewing nearly a dozen other possible locations since Spring 2013.

TriMet says Line 8 is one of its busiest bus lines, providing about 6,000 trips each weekday. Buses would arrive and depart the proposed layover location from approximately 5 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Friday, 5:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturdays, and 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Sundays. During peak service times, buses may come and go up to every 8 minutes. Other bus lines may use the facility as well.

Changes to the Line 8 made in September 2012 led to buses laying over at Northeast Dekum and Durham. After nearby residents complained the buses were hurting the livability of their neighborhoods, TriMet moved the location and continued to work with residents, businesses and the Woodlawn Neighborhood Association on further reducing the impact of the buses. In spring of 2013, TriMet again moved the bus layovers to two alternate temporary locations, one in the Woodlawn neighborhood and the other in the Piedmont neighborhood.

According to TriMet, creating a permanent location for operator layovers could improve on time performance and service reliability for our riders, and also create easier transfers between Line 8 and Line 6. It will also provide a safer, mkre comfortable and more convenient place for operators to take their breaks.