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TriMet seeking public feedback on updates to plan intended to improve transit service and encourage redeveloment along Division Street between Portland and Gresham

COURTESY TRIMET - One of several enhanced stations proposed for the Division Transit Project.TriMet has scheduled an open house Thursday to present design and other updates to the planned Division Transit Project between Portland and Gresham.

The project is intended to reduce travel times and increase service between the two cities along Division Street. It should also improve safety and encourage redevelopment, especially around the upgraded stations.

The open house will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on June 29 in the Community Annex Hall at Portland Community College Southeast, 2305 S.E. 82nd Ave.

The presentation will include maps showing proposed station location and renderings of future stations intended to serve 60-foot articulated buses.

The Division line is among TriMet's busiest. Although it already offers frequent service, buses are frequently at capacity and cannot pick up new passengers, especially during morning and afternoon rush hours. TriMet hopes to fund the project with $100 million in federal dollars and local matching funds. Construction could start in late 2018 and be completed in early 2021.

TriMet says the following considerations went into planning the project:

• Improved safety for all Division Street users

• Improving travel times through Transit Signal Priority

• Preserving access to existing businesses and residences when possible

• An average of 1/3 mile between stations

• The different connections that exist to and from Division Street for transit riders, bicyclists, pedestrians and drivers

• Avoiding relocation of gas pipes, sewer lines or major utility poles

• Bus stops for 60-foot articulated buses

• New station platforms will allow all-door level boarding of buses

• Locating stops past traffic signals

To read a previous story on the project, go to www.pamplinmedia.com/go/42-news/316307-195324-division-considered-for-bus-rapid-transit-project.

To learn more about the project and open house, go to trimet.org/division/openhouse.

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