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Free bus rapid transit forum set for noon Monday

Photo Credit: COURTESY METRO - Riders get set to board an SDX bus rapid transit bus at the Bonneville Transit Center in Las Vegas. Raised curbs make boarding speedy. - See more at: http://www.oregonmetro.gov/news/december-1-catch-sneak-preview-future-transit#sthash.CnahhIGU.dpufThe first bus rapid transit in the region could be built between Portland and Gresham in just a few years.

You can learn more about that during a special forum on such higher speed and frequency bus lines at noon on Monday, Dec. 1, at the Clinton Street Theater, located 2522 SE Clinton St. in Portland.

The forum is sponsored by Metro, the regional elected government responsible for transportation planning. Metro is currently whether and how to build the line as the region's next high capacity transit corridor. A preliminary alignment from Portland includes Southeast Powell Boulevard to Southeast 82nd Avenue, north to Southeast Division Street, and then east to Gresham. The study is called the Powell-Division Transit and Development Project.

According to Metro, bus rapid transit doesn't look the same everywhere. Common features include dedicated bus lanes, raised boarding platform and specially-designed buses. Buthere are multiple choices to consider. Questions include, will it fit with existing transportation facilities? What could stations look like? What will the experience be like for riders? How might it serve surrounding neighborhoods and support other ways of getting around?

Project staff will be on hand to discuss and answer questions about the study. The forum will also explore examples of bus rapid transit systems from around the country to see what it could look like — in the street, at the stations and on board the vehicles. It will also highlight existing transit facilities in the region that can help illustrate options for the new line.

The forum is free and open to the public. No reservations are required.

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