Just south of the Glory Road transfer station we have a deluge of buses coming from the west side heading downtown.
The 11 route extends from the Camelot apartments on Stanton all the way to the downtown transfer station. The bus comes to each bus stop every 65 minutes.
Route 14 covers from Redd and Westwind to the downtown transfer station. A different bus comes by every 35 minutes.
The 15 runs from the west side transfer station to the downtown transfer station. These buses arrive every 35 minutes just like the 14.
We also have the Brio that runs on that route every 10 minutes during peak times.
The result is that we have a bus every 6 minutes from near Glory Road headed downtown.
We could do better
Routes 11, 14 and 15 could drop their passengers off at Brio stations and serve their neighborhoods more frequently.
Route 11 would take 15 minutes to run from Camelot to Glory Road (with a deeper neighborhood penetration) if the bus would drop its passengers at the Glory Road transfer station and then head back into the neighborhood. It could service each stop (one inbound, the other outbound) every thirty minutes instead of every 65 minutes.
Route 14 could drop its passengers at a Brio stop on Mesa at Festival and cut its travel time by 1/2 or double its frequency in the neighborhood.
The only reason Route 15 makes sense to me at this point is that the Brio does not stop at regular bus stops. The distance between the Balboa Brio stop and the Festival stop is 1.2 miles. If you live in the middle you have a half a mile hike to catch a Brio. Between the Monticello Brio and stop and Executive Center you have about 1.5 miles. Contrary to what the Sun Metro web site says, stations are not “about a mile apart”. The 15 could turn around at Glory Road leaving its passengers to take the Brio downtown.
Clang, Clang, Clang goes the trolley
When they start building the streetcar lines Oregon street will be a mess. The river of buses go both north and south on Oregon and a major part of the road will be closed for construction.
Once the construction is over the buses will have to swerve out of their lane in order to pass the streetcars that have stopped to pick up or drop passengers off.
We deserve better