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TriMet changing bus lines when Portland-Milwaukie MAX opens

TriMet is seeking additional public comment on changes to bus lines related to the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Project that will take effect when the new Orange Line opens in September 2015.

The proposed changes has been updated throughout the year as the regional transit agency has received additional public feedback. According to TriMet, they now include more service and more connections for riders.

Changes since the last proposal include:

• Line 19: More weekend service.

• Lines 31 and 33: Routes connect in Downtown Milwaukie to create one new line, increasing frequency on Harrison Street and King Road, and connecting to Clackamas Town Center.

• Line 99: Serve Macadam Avenue instead of Corbett Avenue

Changes are now proposed to nine bus lines altogether.attend an open house scheduled on Nov. 6. Public feedback will be accepted through Monday, Dec. 1. Details, maps and ways of giving TriMet feedback can be found at trimet.org/alerts/pmlrbuschanges/index.htm.

An open house is also scheduled from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 6, at Milwaukie High School, 11300 S.E. 23rd Ave., Milwaukie.

The nine lines and current proposed changes are as follows:

Line 9-Powell

• The existing frequency, days and hours of service remain the same.

• Shift from the Ross Island Bridge to the new Tilikum Crossing to avoid congestion and make new connections in SE Portland and South Waterfront, and then connect to the Downtown Portland Transit Mall.

• Riders can transfer to the MAX Orange Line at OMSI/SE Water Ave, South Waterfront/SW Moody Ave or Lincoln St/SW 3rd Ave stations, plus trains will continue to serve all Downtown Portland Transit Mall stations.

Line 17-Holgate

• The existing frequency, days and hours of service remain the same.

• Shift from the Ross Island Bridge to the new Tilikum Crossing to avoid congestion and make new connections in SE Portland and South Waterfront, and then connect to the Downtown Portland Transit Mall.

• Riders can transfer to the MAX Orange Line at five stations along the new line: SE 17th Ave & Holgate, SE 17th Ave & Rhine St, OMSI/SE Water Ave, South Waterfront/SW Moody Ave or Lincoln St/SW 3rd Ave stations, plus trains will continue to service all Downtown Portland Transit Mall stations.

Line 19-Woodstock• Start service earlier on weekends, with new trips beginning around 8 a.m.

• Riders can transfer to the MAX Orange Line at the SE Bybee Blvd Station, plus trains will continue to serve all Downtown Portland Transit Mall stations.

Line 28-Linwood• Maintain existing days and hours of service (weekdays about 6 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.).

• Increase frequency from about every 70 minutes to about every 35 minutes.

• New route into Downtown Milwaukie via Linwood Avenue, Johnson Creek Blvd, Tacoma Street and Main Street (including service to Milwaukie Park & Ride); continue south from SE Jackson Street as Line 34 (line name and number to be determined).

• Riders can transfer to the MAX Orange Line at SE Tacoma St/Johnson Creek and Milwaukie/Main St stations.

Line 31-King Rd• Increase frequency and hours of service to match most Line 33 service.

• Maintain existing route to Downtown Milwaukie, then most trips continue south on McLoughlin Blvd to Oregon City as Line 33 (line name and number to be determined).

• Riders can transfer to the MAX Orange Line at Milwaukie/Main St and SE Park Ave stations.

Line 32-Oatfield

• Maintain existing frequency, days and hours of service.

• Maintain existing route to Downtown Milwaukie, then turns around.

• Riders can transfer to the MAX Orange Line at Milwaukie/Main St Station.

Line 33-McLoughlin• Maintain existing frequency, days and hours of service.

• Maintain existing route to Downtown Milwaukie, then most trips continue east on Harrison Street and King Road to Clackamas Town Center as Line 31 (line name and number to be determined).

• Riders can transfer to the MAX Orange Line at SE Park Ave and Milwaukie/Main St stations.

Line 34-River Rd

• Maintain existing days and hours of service (about 6 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.).

• Increase frequency from about every 70 minutes to about every 35 minutes.

• The routing between Oregon City to downtown Milwaukie remains the same, and the line continues service north from SE Jackson Street as Line 28-Linwood (line name and number to be determined). The line would serve the Milwaukie Park & Ride, SE Tacoma/Johnson Creek Park & Ride and Clackamas Town Center.

• Extra trips to Clackamas Heights.

• Riders can transfer to the MAX Orange Line at Milwaukie/Main St Station or at SE Tacoma St/Johnson Creek Station.

Line 99-McLoughlin Express

• Maintain existing frequency, days and hours of service (weekday rush-hour only).

• New service to Oregon City during the morning commute and new service to Downtown Portland during the afternoon commute. Service in both directions during weekday rush hour runs between about 5:30 a.m. until 8:45 a.m. and 3 p.m. until 7 p.m.

• New route into Downtown Portland via Sellwood Bridge with limited stops on Tacoma Street and Macadam Avenue to existing route on the Downtown Portland Transit Mall. The route change would occur after the Sellwood Bridge is open to bus traffic. In the meantime, interim routing is being reviewed.

Five bus lines with no proposed changes

Five bus lines will connect with the MAX Orange Line with no route changes proposed: 29-Lake/Webster Rd, 43-Taylors Ferry Rd, 70-12th/NE 33rd Ave, 75-Cesar Chavez/Lombard and 152-Milwaukie.

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