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Will Portland's New Transit Mall Exclude Buses?

In order to accommodate the inclusion of light rail, the City of Portland decided to temporarily move its bus lines a block away. The lines have been so successful that many are starting to question if the move should be permanent.

"Nearly six months after the buses left, the new downtown transit mall is taking visible shape. Light-rail tracks run down the middle of 16 blocks on Fifth Avenue, and several intersections sport the new brick paving.

The project designed to breathe new life into the 30-year-old mall and add light rail is on schedule and by all accounts going well.

Maybe too well.

The temporary relocation of buses to Third and Fourth avenues is working so smoothly that downtown parking magnate Greg Goodman says TriMet should consider leaving them there when the mall reopens in 2009."

Thanks to Jeff Wood

Full Story: Downtown's transit mall comes along right on track

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