Rose Lane on Capitol Hwy should not be allowed!
Posted by: The Hillsdale NA and the Hillsdale Business and Professional Association
Stakeholders in the Hillsdale Community are very concerned PBOT is plowing ahead with the Rose Lane Project at a time when the problem they are thinking about solving does not exist. Under present traffic conditions, an exclusive bus-only lane on Capitol Hwy will not speed up buses.
The proposed pilot project for Capitol Highway would make one of the two lanes in each direction between Barbur Boulevard and Bertha bus only. Taking that lane of vehicle traffic away may fractionally reduce Tri Met times under pre pandemic conditions times but would send hundreds of drivers into our no-sidewalk narrow street neighborhoods or cause them to drive extra miles.
The Rose Lane projects elsewhere in the City have been installed in locations where the alternative parallel routes for impatient drivers go along streets with sidewalks and areas with well developed bicycle networks . Due to Southwest Portland’s unique topography, varied terrain and limited through streets that is not the case in Hillsdale.
PBOT’s website for the Capitol Highway Rose Lanes says, “Staff are seeking public input on streets that should be monitored” and asks, “Where should we focus limited monitoring and mitigation resources?” What they should be asking is “Is this a reasonable project for Hillsdale’s substandard street network and the businesses along Capitol Highway that depend on the drive through traffic”.
Our main concerns are on the westbound route. Specifically, the proposal provides just one lane of Capitol Highway for cars and trucks headed westbound. What happens when Terwilliger southbound backs up because there’s only one lane to turn right onto? Drivers looking to avoid congestion by driving on SW Westwood and SW Cheltenham wouldn’t likely observe the speed limit along those two narrow twisting no-sidewalk streets. Many drivers will be directed by the GPS in their car looking for the fastest way to get to their destination. PBOT does not control those algorithms.
Another concern: Traffic from Barbur Boulevard southbound trying to turn onto Capitol Highway would conceivably back up at rush hour as the flow of vehicle traffic is cut in half with just one lane for cars instead of the current two. Parkhill Drive off Barbur will become a much used alternative route in spite of its 3 blind curves and narrow non sidewalk streets. See map to the right for details. Wouldn’t extra miles driven to avoid congestion negate the reduction of exhaust emissions, one of the major goals of Rose Lanes?
As for getting people out of their cars, there’s not a lot of reliable data indicating how fractionally (1 minute) reducing the time of the Tri Met commute through Hillsdale would make enough of a difference to get car commuters to buy a Hop Fastpass and start riding the 54 Line.
PBOT’s proposal to implement this reduction in vehicle lanes with a promise to mitigate the affected streets is another promise that many doubt will be fulfilled. As we all know, PBOT moves at a glacial speed in calming traffic on our streets. Have you seen a street with speed bumps that has an average speed under 25 miles per hour? And, we have been waiting 26 years for the planned sidewalks on just one side of the street along Capitol Highway from Burlingame Ave to Terwilliger! So much for believing they will do anything to mitigate problems.
PBOT in deciding this is an important project has not taken into account the effect on the Hillsdale Business Community which depends to a great deal on the traffic that passes through Hillsdale on Capitol Hwy. Do they care? The flyer they recently distributed is misleading in that they show 3 lanes of traffic coming from the east to Sunset Blvd. The third land is a left turn lane, but their brochure does not show it that way. The business owners fear the red painted bus lanes will cause people to avoid turning into the parking lot of the Hillsdale Shopping Center. The business community question’s whether these changes will make Capitol Hwy a safer street.
The Hillsdale NA and the Hillsdale Business and Professional Association have prepared a list of detailed questions for PBOT that we have requested a written response to prior to our meeting with PBOT. The questions and a map of the streets that we expect to be impacted by the closure of have the vehicle lanes westbound on Capitol Hwy.
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Southwest Community Services, Office of Community & Civic Life
Tuesday, March 15 at 7 p.m.
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Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc. Transportation Committee (SWNI TC)
Monday, March 21 at 7 p.m.
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Hillsdale Neighborhood Association
Wednesday, April 6 at 7 p.m.
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Hillsdale Business and Professional Association
Wednesday April 20 at 8:30 a.m.
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Detailed list of questions for PBOT:
Issues under PRE-PANDEMIC (PP) traffic and Bus conditions:
1. What were the PP daily vehicle speeds and count of traffic East Bound, EB, and West Bound, WB, on Capitol Hwy west of Terwilliger. We know there were counts done PP, but cannot find them in the PBOT traffic count online data. Same question during evening rush hour.
2. What were the westbound PP TriMet passenger counts that would have been affected during evening rush hour? Please provide the details of how the transit rider time saving was calculated. We would appreciate receiving all the data used to calculate the time savings for each line including differences in travel time and passenger counts for the rush hours being considered.
3. What was the average PP time delay of TriMet busses due to the bus que at Sunset awaiting a berth to unload?
4. What were the PP vehicle speeds and counts on SW Westwood Drive, SW Cheltenham and Burlingame Avenue?
5. What was the PP status of the traffic seeking to turn left from Burlingame Avenue during evening rush hour?
6. What was the PP status of SW Bertha between SW 13th and SW Barbur?
7. What was the PP vehicle speed and counts on Terwilliger north and south of Capitol Hwy? What was the average delay for evening rush hour traffic?
8. How many vehicles PP turned right onto Capitol Hwy from Terwilliger during rush hour?
Issues under CURRENT DATA (CD), traffic and Bus conditions:
9. What were the CD daily vehicle speeds and count of traffic East Bound, and West Bound, on Capitol Hwy west of Terwilliger.
10. What were the westbound CD TriMet passenger counts that would have been affected during evening rush hour? We would appreciate receiving all the data used to calculate the time savings for each line including differences in travel time and passenger counts for the rush hours being considered using CD.
11. What was the average CD time delay of TriMet busses due to the bus que at Sunset awaiting a berth to unload?
12. What are the CD vehicle speeds and counts on SW Westwood Drive, SW Cheltenham and Burlingame Avenue?
13. What will be the CD status of the traffic seeking to turn left from Burlingame Avenue during evening rush hour?
14. What was the CD status of SW Bertha between SW 13th and SW Barbur
15. What was the CD vehicle speed and counts on Terwilliger north and south of Capitol Hwy? What was the average delay for evening rush hour traffic.
16. The anticipated time delay on the numerous Express Busses carrying transit riders to and from OHSU/VA via Terwilliger? With only one lane available for non bus vehicles, We anticipate frequent cases of vehicles stopping part way through the Terwilliger/Capitol Hwy intersection like presently is a frequent occurrence at Sheridan & Barbur/4th Ave. Which has been happening for years with no solutions coming from PBOT.
17. The time delay ambulances traveling on Terwilliger will incur due to increased congestion at Capitol Highway. Terwilliger is an important ambulance route.
18. How much delay does PBOT anticipate will occur on Terwilliger under the assumed conditions. How does PBOT anticipate the Terwilliger vehicle traffic turning movement onto Capitol Hwy Westbound. Do you anticipate they will turn into the Bus lane? How much bus delay might this cause?
19. How many vehicles coming southbound on Barbur will be diverted during rush hour traffic due to a lack of capacity on Capitol Hwy for both PP and CD conditions? How many extra miles will they have to travel due to the diversion and what is the quantity of greenhouse gas pollution they will generate due to traveling the extra miles?
20. Under PRE- PANDEMIC traffic, what will the expected increase in travel time and associated greenhouse gas generation for the vehicles in the single lane going up hill toward Hillsdale.
21. For the vehicles in the single lane, under PP conditions, what is the quantity of additional greenhouse gas pollution they will generate due to stopping and going on a steep grade?
22. Under PP traffic conditions, how many vehicles will choose Westwood or Cheltenham as alternative routes to avoid time delays and congestion at Terwilliger/Capitol Hwy. How much additional traffic would we see on Cheltenham Ct, Pendleton, Parkhill Drive and 18th Drive as vehicles attempt to find alternative routes. What mitigation is proposed to reduce traffic speeds on these narrow streets with no sidewalks that are used by many walkers and bicyclists? What evidence does PBOT have that they can control the colume of cut-through traffic and the speeds thereof?
23. Using PBOT’s traffic projections under PRE- PANDEMIC traffic conditions how many fewer vehicles will pass through Hillsdale commercial area on Capitol Hwy during evening rush hour? The Hillsdale Business Community is very concerned the reduced traffic will seriously affect their businesses.
24. Data used to calculate the time savings. We would appreciate receiving all the data used to calculate the time savings for each line including differences in travel time and passenger counts in each direction for the rush hours being considered.
Our initial current investigations suggest the passenger time savings seriously overstated. For example, driving at speed limit takes 1 minute, driving during current rush hour 1:20. That is a 20 second savings, not 1-2 minutes. Doing the math, a 2-minute delay means the bus would be averaging 10 miles per hour. That has not been the case!
CD= Current Data
WB= West Bound
EB = East Bound