The Portland Bus Lane Project is a group of concerned citizens interested in working to improve the state of transit in the Portland Metropolitan region. We believe that improving transit service is essential to meeting our climate, health, economic, and housing goals.
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(Credit: Nick Falbo)
The City of Portland and Multnomah county have committed to a Climate Action Plan to reduce our region's carbon emissions. Key to meeting our goals is to help our population drive less. Getting more people to take transit will require us to shift the way that we allocate our roads. Allowing cars to congest all of the road space and delay buses undermines our efforts. This is painfully apparent on the Hawthorne Bridge, where packed buses often wait in long lines of one- or two-occupant cars. By giving TriMet buses their own lanes, we could improve bus service and encourage more people to leave their cars at home.