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Friday, October 26, 2012

How do you get a shelter at your stop?

Q: I've noticed several spanking new TriMet bus shelters, including one a few stops away from mine on Southwest 72nd in Tigard. As winter approaches, I'd love to have shelter and bench at my Line 38 stop. How would I go about getting one?


A: TriMet only considers placing shelters at stops with 50 or more daily boardings. "Once that threshold is met," said TriMet spokeswoman Roberta Altstadt, "a planner evaluates the public right-of-way to determine if there is sufficient space to safely place a shelter." There has to also be adequate room for pedestrians and bus boardings, Altstadt said.

Most of the new shelters you're seeing, including the one on 72nd, actually replaced old, worn-out ones.

Maybe you can persuade more of your neighbors to take TriMet to work. Of course, considering the dubious state of bus service in the suburbs these days, you'll need some mad pitching skills. Until then, invest in a sturdy umbrella.
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