Clackamas County is currently looking to develop four new public shuttle services
Clackamas County is looking to create four new shuttles that will provide a vital connection to our rural communities and areas that are hard to get to via transit. These shuttles will help relieve congestion on county roads when everyone returns to normal life after social distancing, and they will provide critical, last-mile connections between service provided by regional transit.
The four shuttles will include:
- A commuter service linking Oregon City, West Linn and Tualatin.
- Three shuttle services to fill gaps from TriMet stops to underserved portions of Oregon City, the Clackamas Industrial Area, and the Milwaukie Industrial Area — two of which will begin running by September 2020.
Connector Shuttle Service Area
This project will create a last-mile shuttle to provide enhanced transit access throughout Oregon City to help residents travel all the way to work, school and other daily destinations.
Clackamas Industrial Area
A last-mile shuttle will provide enhanced transit access to the Clackamas Industrial Area located primarily east of Interstate 205 along Highway 212. This shuttle, once implemented, will provide service between the Clackamas Town Center Transit Center and locations throughout the Clackamas Industrial Area ensuring connections to large employers in Clackamas and to Clackamas Community College.
Oregon City, West Linn and Tualatin
This project will conduct initial planning and explore the feasibility of implementing a future shuttle service between Oregon City, West Linn and Tualatin. This shuttle would improve access for all commuters with no current feasible or practical transit options along these travel routes, particularly for the transit dependent and low-income populations.
This project will conduct initial planning and explore the feasibility of implementing a future shuttle service to International Way, the North Milwaukie Industrial Area and the Johnson Creek Industrial area -- particularly for employees, the transit dependent and low-income populations.
Planning must consider these issues:
- Should the county or the cities run the shuttle services or contract it out?
- Should the services supplement existing service or replace it, giving TriMet the potential to redistribute its service to other areas of the county?
- Should the services extend more than 3⁄4 mile beyond TriMet’s existing service area and/or operate at times when TriMet does not?
Clackamas County has already received Fiscal Year 2019-21 Oregon Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund (STIF) funds for planning.
Funding for operating the shuttles is expected from Oregon STIF funds and from federal grant programs. To get funding for the services, we need to draft and submit a formal plan.
HB 2017 – Keep Oregon Moving, created a new funding source for transit operation and capital expenditures known as STIF (Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund). The purpose of these projects is to develop and further expand transit within Clackamas County. The projects will support the Clackamas County Transit Development Plan (“CCTDP”) by using the Keep Oregon Moving’s Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund (“STIF”) to identify or begin operation on specific shuttle routes that implement last-mile service in specific areas and corridors within Clackamas County.
The study, planning, and implementation activities accomplished through this project will not only meet immediate needs for transit within Clackamas County, some of which have been identified in other transit providers service enhancement plans, but will lay the groundwork for future transit services within the County. This project should also help highlight the connections or benefits to key Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) policy areas of climate change, equity, safety, and congestion.
Under Oregon HB 2017 Clackamas County has received approval to utilize STIF Funds and move forward with the aforementioned four (4) projects. The projects are focused on areas within the TriMet service district. TriMet’s service area includes most County cities in the Metro Urban Growth Boundary and extends to Estacada and a large portion of the rural area along Stafford Road.