Saturday, September 22, 2012
Confusion on the 94 - here's why
This is the "New and Improved" outbound 94 stop for express trips to Sherwood, located on the north side of Main Street, just west of Tigard Avenue.
Notice there are multiple failures here:
1. Parking is allowed, blocking the view of the bus stop
2. As a result, the bus is not ADA compliant - it forces riders to walk off the sidewalk and board in the street.
3. There are no shelters or other amentities - despite being a brand new stop which should have a shelter, bench, schedule sign.
4. Strangely enough, the existing 45 (and formerly 12) stop is located just 1/2 block west of here. It's still there for the 45. This situation also crops up on the east end of Main Street where the 94 stops with the 76/78 stop at Scoffins, then the 12 has its own stop just before 99W, then the 94 has its own stop ON 99W. This doesn't make catching the bus easy for anyone...
5. There is absolutely no signage for helping riders get to and from this stop from the Tigard TC; yet TriMet goes out of its way to add signage to direct riders to a MAX stop.
TriMet has told me "they are investigating this" but it's another example of when it's a bus change, it all seems to be thrown together at the last second with no attention to detail. When it's a MAX/WES/Streetcar project, TriMet throws it's massive Capital Projects department at it, and will readily spend half a million dollars to build a fully improved stop with landscaping, signage, TVMs, etc.
Here's an example of a similarly aged MAX station - despite being a "drop off only" MAX station, it has benches, trees, big wide sidewalks, large signs...: