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Transit priority lanes restrict access to certain lanes, prioritizing transit movement, while sometimes allowing for other users or specific actions - for example shared bus and bike lanes, or shared bus and right-turn lanes. Red coloring is sometimes used to reinforce the transit priority with the goal of improving the reliability, safety and compliance with the lane restrictions. The City of Portland and TriMet have been working with partners to use these tools to improve mobility and transit access under the Enhanced Transit Corridors Plan and Rose Lanes Project. This presentation will report back on early lessons learned as part of the design, implementation and evaluation of these facilities, with presenters from the City of Portland, TriMet and Portland State University.
Nathan McNeil is a Research Associate at Portland State University's Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC). He conducts research on travel behavior, traffic safety, and programs to promote multimodal and equitable transportation. Nathan received a master of urban and regional planning from Portland State University and studied history at Columbia University as an undergraduate. Prior to PSU, Nathan worked for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York City as a performance auditor where he evaluated capital programs and contractors.
April Bertelsen is the City of Portland’s first Transit Modal Coordinator. She works on the Complete Streets team in Transportation Planning at the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT). She led the development of the PBOT Enhanced Transit Corridors Plan and Rose Lane Project through the planning phase. She has been with the City since 2000, serving the city various roles as a transportation planner. She earned her Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning at PSU. She is passionate about improving transit, equity, complete streets, multi-modal design, data-driven decisions and partnerships, because we make more happen together.
Jamie Jeffrey manages the Traffic Design Section of the Portland Bureau of Transportation. She has worked as a traffic engineer for the City of Portland for 31 years in a variety of capacities. She has worked on a number of transit projects, including the Eastside Streetcar project, the PBOT Enhanced Transit Corridors Plan and Rose Lane Project, as well as numerous Transit Spot Improvement Projects. She has Bachelor of Science degrees in both Civil Engineering and Engineering Management from the University of Portland. She is dedicated to finding innovative design solutions for multi-modal improvements that address both equity and climate.
Jamie Snook has served as the Director of Major Projects at TriMet since 2021. Prior to that, she was a Planning Manager in TriMet Capital Projects.
McNeil, Nathan; Bertelsen, April; Jeffrey, Jaime; and Snook, Jaime, "Prioritizing Transit in Portland: Checking in on the Rose Lanes Project" (2022). TREC Friday Seminar Series. 225.