New Bus Lane to Improve TriMet Transit Times in Portland, Oregon

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is set to begin construction on its East Burnside Rose Lane project, which will improve speed and reliability for bus services on TriMet lines 12, 19 and 20 in Portland, Oregon.

This work is part of the PBOT’s Central City in Motion project, which aims to speed up transit and improve safety for people biking, walking and rolling in the city.

Portland Bus Lane
Looking East on East Burnside at NE MLK Boulevard

Construction on East Burnside Rose Lane will start next week and will last approximately 12 months.

During this time, the existing bus lane over the Burnside Bridge will be extended and a bus-and-turn (BAT) lane will be added on East Burnside from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to 12th Avenue.

In addition, PBOT will install a new traffic signal at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to provide separate signals for buses, cyclists and cars travelling east on Burnside or turning right on to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Portland Bus Lane
The new lane configuration on East Burnside includes a bus and turn lane, a bicycle lane, two travel lanes for cars and parking on each side of the street

PBOT is also adding a one-block bike lane extension on the west side of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. This will allow eastbound bike traffic from the Burnside Bridge to better connect with the SE Ankeny Street Neighborhood Greenway.

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