East PDX gets sidewalks, beacons and improved transit

PBOT, TriMet partner to bring improvements

Passengers board a TriMet bus. (TriMet via Facebook)
Passengers board a TriMet bus. (TriMet via Facebook)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — TriMet and the Portland Bureau of Transportation are partnering up to bring big safety changes for people who walk and ride the bus in East Portland.

The changes will bring sidewalks, beacons and improved transit services. The improvements start this fall, with new sidewalks on NE Prescott Street. Improved bus service began Sept. 4, when TriMet created Line 73-122nd Ave. to increase rush hour frequency.

Mary Lu Batkey has lived near Prescott for 61 years. “When we heard that we were gonna have a sidewalk from 102nd on down we were ecstatic,” she tells KOIN 6 News.

TriMet created the new line 73 by splitting the 71. Trimet General Manager Neil McFarlane praised the city for stepping up to meet the need for safety.

“People can throw away the schedule and walk out the door on safe sidewalks and safe crosswalks and access the bus system,” McFarlane said.

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