It's been just over a year and a half since Trimet presented its Draft Southwest Service Enhancment Plan to streamline bus service to Metro's Southwest service area which includes Lake Oswego. Route changes were proposed for several routes, but #36 was left in its existing configuration.
That plan didn't last long.
Trimet's Final Report/Vision of the Future of their"Enhancement" Plan dramatically changes the South Shore Route #36. This route is the only transit alternative for the city of Rivergrove and the Rosewood neighborhood, but the new plan wipes them off the map.
Low ridership? When the bus hours and and days are reduced, transit usage goes down as it has throughout the city and Metro area for years now. TriMet is killing bus transit to get people to use light rail now. How do people get to and from the train stations without a car and convenient lots? What if a potential user doesn't drive?
The REAL reasons?
To support the Southwest Corridor Plan. The SWCP will have a bus or train station at Bridgeport. The SW Corridor Plan supports development in SW Portland, Tigard, Tualatin, Sherwood, and eventually, Newberg. If high capacity transit takes lanes of roadway out of service, it won't relieve congestion, but no matter, it will be a boon to developers who see fixed transit routes as an amenity. Metro planners have admitted their HCT plans won't reduce travel time or congestion at all. In essence, all transit plans these days are to effectuate higher density development and not to support existing neighborhoods.
TriMet used to have a comprehensive bus system that served the "last mile." Real people, right now, are being sacrificed for the elites' utopian dreams of mixed-use, walkable and bikeable station communities where the masses will live car free.
Another, not insignificant loss, is Trimet's LIFT service which only operates within 3/4 miles of established bus routes, and only during the operational hours of the routes. Limited routes and limited hours mean limited or no access for those who have no other transit options.
Draft SW Service Enhancement Plan (7/2014)
Final Vision (12/2015)
Read the Final Report - Link above.
Challenge: The next time you go to a meeting where a transit official, planner, politician, activist or bureaucrat talks about the need to use transit, ask them how they got to the meeting, and how they are getting home. Then ask them why.