City considering ideas for a central bus transit center
Newberg officials are working on conceptual ideas for a central transit location for city buses, but said no definite location or plans can be made until Yamhill County Transit Area (YCTA) returns to the city with thoughts on a location.
Public Works Director Jay Harris said he has done a conceptual sketch for a transit center on Garfield Street, although the YCTA still needs to review the area to see if the site is adequate. "Right now I don't even know if this is the location," Harris said.
After doing a layout of the sketch, the YCTA would check if buses could easily pull into the site, then consider whether the area can accommodate pedestrian crossings, appropriate lighting and so on. He said the YCTA did think Garfield Street had potential for the transit center, but things are very much still in the preliminary stages.
The City Council recently initiated a plan to move toward the area transit development plan developed by Yamhill County, and update any necessary public works designs to meet that and implement new routes.
According to council documents, in 2019 Newberg will work with the YCTA to implement new routes in Newberg, work with the YCTA on a downtown transit center location, coordinate with the YCTA to jointly install transit centers and new transit signs and initiate a comprehensive plan and development code changes to implement the transit plan.
Harris said the YCTA has not indicated a timeline of when they might return with their thoughts on the conceptual sketches, saying it could be "a couple weeks or a month." If the YCTA came back and wanted to move forward with those sketches, he said the city would then begin talking to neighborhood residents.
The YCTA developed a master plan with a goal to change bus routes to make things more convenient to businesses, Harris said, adding that the routes would be redone, some stop locations would be changed and the goal is to have all buses run through a central transit center.
"This is still developing; it's really preliminary," he said.
Harris said a transit center wouldn't be a large complex as it would primarily be "buses pulling into parking spaces" and overall it would just be "moving things around."
"But it would be good to get all buses to go through one central area," he said. "We'll see. We're just in location study right now. There's much more on this to be discussed going forward."