Historically, Lewis & Clark College and the Collins View neighborhood
were served by a #40 line that ran downtown through John's Landing, (not related to the current #40).
was introduced in 1984 as a "neighborhood circulator".
Over the years, TriMet has said the ridership must increase, and the
neighborhood has said TriMet had to do something to attract riders, like
increase frequency, run later at night, etc. This chicken/egg situation has led nowhere.
A recollection of #39 From Andrew Aebi, an L&C alum:
Line #39 was created in 1984 and at the time offered excellent service 365 days a year,
with the last trip of the day leaving Burlingame at approximately 12:50 AM, getting to Lewis & Clark at approximately 1:00 AM and then returning to Burlingame at approximately 1:10 AM at which time it went back to the garage.
During the peak hours there were two buses run to offer 15-minute service.
The headways and service hours have been steadily chipped away over the years
to the point where it is difficult to use.
the current #39 route
Map from TriMet website. Click for Schedule.
The current route connects Lewis & Clark College to Burlingame Fred Meyer in a loop that includes
the Northwest School of Law,
Riverdale High School,
the commercial area at Taylor's Ferry Road & Terwilliger,
Capitol Hill School,
a few Barbur Blvd businesses,
and the Burlingame Transit Center (the blocks around Burlingame Fred Meyer).
The residential segments along Boones Ferry Road, Palatine Hill Road, and Spring Garden have few boardings.
Note that Lewis & Clark College is part of the Collins View neighborhood.
TriMet recently reduced service on Route #39 due to poor performance — too few boardings per hour of service, on the average.
So, in order to survive, the TriMet #39 bus route needs to attract more riders. We think this can be done by extending the route to Hillsdale.
Currently, to get from Collins View to Hillsdale, the
TriMet Trip Planner
says to take a #1 Vermont or #12 Barbur Blvd
(from the #39) to Barbur & Hamilton and then catch one of the buses
that goes back through Hillsdale on Capitol Hwy (eg #54 or #56).
The same goes for getting to Multnomah Village. You can catch a #44 at Barbur and Hamilton to get to Multnomah Village.
This is pretty much what you have to do.
You can't transfer directly from #39 to #44.
One can transfer to a #1 to get to Wilson High School,
Mittleman, or the Southwest Community Center, but not to Multnomah Village.
As currently scheduled, the dwell time between #39 and #1 is quite irregular,
ranging from 6 minutes to 31 minutes.
('Dwell time' is the time spent waiting for a transfer.)
For example, the dwell times are 22, 31, 29, 13, 13, 13, 13, 13, 12, 11, 9, 6, 14, and 8 minutes for the connections going from #39 to #1 between 9:00 am and 4:30 pm —
How much time you might expect to spend waiting depends on when you are traveling.
Part of the problem has also been that since the College started providing its
own shuttle services to downtown and other locations, #39 ridership has declined.
the ideal route
Initially, we thought the ideal route would connect three adjacent communities (Hillsdale, Multnomah Village, Collins View) and would include all these public attractions:
- Terwilliger Parkway
- Wilson High School
- Hillsdale Town Center shops and venues
- Hillsdale Library (Our 'closest' Library)
- Hillsdale Branch Post Office
- Hillsdale Farmer's Market
- Mittleman Jewish Community Center (MJCC)
- Multnomah Village shops and venues
- Multnomah Art Center (MAC)
- Multnomah Station Post Office (Our Main P.O.)
- Gabriel Park, reachable from Multnomah Village via short SW Trail.
- Collins View & South Burlingame shops and venues
- Some, but not all, Barbur Boulevard shop and venues
- New Bertha Station affordable housing development.
We realized however, that including Multnomah Village would make the route
longer, and the headway (time between buses) would be longer.
We later figured that the new route would take us to transfer locations to #44 and #45 so that one could get to Multnomah Village way easier than now, so we decided to drop the Multnomah connection.
The following GOALS for this project were compiled at the 10/19/05 working group meeting. 2-letter codes indicate the goalie:
- TM: Open Public Process with community.
- TM: Use limited resources efficiently.
- TM: Serve unserved areas.
- TM: Increase Ridership.
- HH?: North-South link between B-Hillsdale Hwy and Barbur
- ALL: To Hillsdale (including Wilson High School).
- ALL: connect timing to #44 so Multnomah Village is "closer" in time.
- LC Grad School: connect to #1 and #12.
- LC Grad School: important times are 12-3pm, 5-7pm for 30 minute service.
- LC: service Capitol Hill School for reading tutor program (2-12 riders).
- LC: Park 'n Ride to Campus (not likely).
the potential riders
- Wilson and Riverdale High School Students
- L&C College Students, Multnomah Arts Students
- People going to Work
- Library and Post Office Patrons
- Shoppers - Farmer's Market, Shops, Stores.
- Community activists
- Hikers, Bikers, Walkers
More about riders here?
What the new line will do
For the Collins View, South Burlingame, and College communities, this new route would:
The folks in all these new places would be able to more easily get to our neighborhoods and businesses, and the the College!
- Provide a North-South link between Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy and Barbur
- Get us To Hillsdale
- Get Collins View students to Wilson High School
- Connect to #45 to Multnomah Village
- Connect to #44 to Portland Community College
- Connect to #54, #55, #56 -- points west
- Connect to the above inbound buses to downtown
- Still Connect to #1 to Vermont Hills, Greely, U of Portland.
- Still Connect to #12 to Tigard and Downtown, Sandy Blvd.
- Still Connect to #43 to Johns Landing.
- Still Connect to #38 to Tualatin.
- Still Go to Fred Meyer and SAFEWAY.
Note: Sellwood Bridge was closed to Buses on June 28, 2004.
65 has no service to Milwaukie Transit center.
If the bridge re-opens to bus traffic, the 65X will likely revert to its route to Milwaukie instead of looping around Terwilliger and Spring Garden.
Timeline of the re-design effort
I have saved nearly 300 email messages on this subject!
(some deleted that I wish I still had!)
I'm going through them to compile a timeline of events along the way.
- 04/21/04: CVNA Learns that TriMet will reduce service hours on Line #39 in June, 2005.
- 05/04/05: Miller proposes modifying #39 as a way of attracting more riders.
- 06/01/05: Miller gets good advice from Patty Fink (TriMet) over phone.
- 06/04/05: Miller presents several route ideas to June CVNA meeting
- 06/20/05: Miller and Joshi present the concepts to SWNI Transportation Committee, get feedback, support.
- 08/01/05: First Large Working Group Meeting at MAC. 4 Neighborhoods, TriMet, LC, PDOT, newsfolk.
- 09/00/05: Articles appear in Community Newspapers.
- 09/29/05: TriMet and L&C host a Communtiy Meeting in the Council Chambers to hear comments on the situation from Staff and Students. Repeated later at Law School.
- 10/20/05: Second WOrking Group Meeting, in MAC room.
- 11/16/05: The #39 working group agreed to further consider an option that keeps the Spring Garden segment (rather than using Terwilliger).
- 11/21/05: SWNI Transportation Committee was updated.
- 11/25/05: TriMet Field Operations said they have problems with Hillsdale turnaround.
- 12/02/05: The Lewis & Clark Parking & Transportation Committee met. I briefed them on the situation. They generally endorsed both concepts. generally approved of the current route ideas.
- 12/16/05: TriMet Field Trip - testing some turns
- 01/23/06: We were informed that TriMet Field Operations recommended against the Hillsdale turnaround at the library. This creates more scrutiny of our "PLAN B", making a loop on the north-end of the route that goes
straight through Hillsdale, returning to Barbur via Terwilliger, and back to the college the way it came.
- 02/01/06: Collins View NA forms consensus on Small Loop.
- 02/15/06: Hillsdale Business and Professional Association endorses "a proposed #39 route connecting the Hillsdale business district with Lewis & Clark College."
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