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Over the past two years, the Portland Bureau of Transportation and TriMet have joined forces to identify, design and build capital and operational treatments to help buses move more quickly and reliably through Portland’s increasingly congested Central City. Already the densest concentration of people and jobs in Oregon, Portland’s Central City is growing fast and increasing the speed and reliability of transit is key to achieving our City and region’s transportation, climate and livability goals. Working in partnership on PBOT’s Central City in Motion plan and TriMet and Metro’s Enhanced Transit Corridor program, the two agencies have identified a series of bus lanes in the Central City that will make transit faster and more reliable throughout the region. Project staff will discuss how projects were identified and trade-offs weighed, share the most recent designs, and discuss the benefits to transit riders and the region, with a focus on approaches to the Hawthorne, Steel and Burnside bridges.

Biographical Information

Gabe Graff, Portland Bureau of Transportation Gabe is the Central City Capital Delivery team manager for the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT). He has worked on improving transportation safety and options for the past 13 years. He worked as the Community Cycling Center’s Programs Manager and has served on the Safe Routes to School National Partnership’s Steering Committee. He joined PBOT in 2008, where he managed the Bureau’s safety programs, including High Crash Corridors and Safe Routes to School. Gabe currently manages PBOT’s Central City Capital Delivery team and is leading Central City in Motion, an effort to make streets more efficient with investments in bus lanes, protected bikeways and safer crossings.

Kelly Betteridge, TriMet Kelly has worked in the transit industry for nearly two decades. A fan of all things public, she has called TriMet home for 14 years. In her tenure with the agency she has been fortunate to hold myriad positions in three departments and two project offices. She was recently awarded a new role as the Program Manager of the Southwest Corridor project, a 12-mile LRT extension between downtown Portland and Tualatin via Tigard. Prior to her current position she served as the Manager of Capital Planning, overseeing the agency’s bus speed and reliability program and early transit corridor development. In her free time she volunteers as a Girl Scout Troop leader and loves to get outside to explore the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her family. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Oregon and a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Minnesota.


Transportation -- Planning -- Oregon, Local transit -- Oregon -- Portland -- Planning


Transportation | Urban Studies | Urban Studies and Planning

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Enhanced Transit Corridors in Portland's Central City



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