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Temporary Platform Evaluation

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Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is evaluating temporary platforms recently installed around Portland. The evaluation will help decide if and how we use them in the future. What we learn could inform design refinements, context considerations, implementation, and maintenance needs.

In 2020 and 2021, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT), in partnership with TriMet, installed two types of temporary platforms. The temporary platforms include five rubber modular platforms and five asphalt platforms. Learn more about the platforms and where they are located below.

These temporary platforms, generally used at transit stops, help PBOT make quick, affordable changes on city streets. Ultimately, these temporary platforms are intended to make it easier for people to walk, bike, and take transit. The platform designs vary because they were installed to meet different needs depending upon the location.

User Survey

Sidewalk decals and yard signs promoting the online user survey at the temporary platform on SE Hawthorne bus stop near 6th Ave. Person is standing on the platform waiting for the bus and a cyclist is riding towards the ramp.

As a part of the evaluation, we have an online user survey to better understand people’s experience with the temporary platforms. We want to learn from people of all ages and abilities. That includes all types of users traveling by different modes, from people walking or rolling with a mobility device along the sidewalk, to people using the platform while waiting, accessing transit, biking, scooting, to people driving by the platforms.

Please take the online survey to tell us about your experience with any of the temporary platforms.

Click here to take the survey 

The survey is now open from November 3, 2021 through January 3, 2022.


The broader evaluation will include components to understand the following: 

  1. User experience (for various modes of travel and users) based on a user survey and targeted community engagement.   
    • Accessibility
    • Safety and comfort
    • Ease of use and legibility
    • Context considerations
    • Benefits or concerns
    • General feedback
  2. Technical staff experience delivering and maintaining the temporary platforms to capture lessons learned locally and nationally and other feedback. 
    • Design guidance
    • Delivery and Constructability
    • Durability
    • Maintenance
    • Context considerations

 We anticipate the results of the evaluation and recommendations in mid-2022.


Types and locations of temporary platforms installed around Portland:
 

Rubber modular temporary platforms

The rubber modular temporary bus stop platform allows for bikes to ride up and over the platform. This one is located on SE Hawthorne at the bus stop near 6th Ave. A TriMEt bus is stopped at the platform and a cyclist is riding up and over the bike ramp that connects the platform to the sidewalk.

The rubber modular temporary bus stop platform allows for people biking to ride up and over the platform, allows for the bus to stop in lane and provides people with more space while waiting for the bus, boarding and de-boarding. This one is located on SE Hawthorne at the bus stop near 6th Ave. Photo courtesy of PBOT.

Check out this Instagram story highlight about how to use the recent rubber modular platforms:
https://www.instagram.com/stories/highlights/17928686935663150/

Learn more about the rubber modular platforms made by Zicla: www.zicla.com/en/vectorial-system/

Current locations:

  1. NW 18th at Flanders (Installed August 2020) 
  2. NW 19th at Flanders (Installed August 2020) 
  3. SE Hawthorne at 6th Ave (Installed July 2021) 
  4. SE Hawthorne at 12th Ave (Installed July 2021) 
  5. NW Broadway at NW Couch, used for parking passenger loading/unloading. (Installed October 2020) 

Asphalt temporary bus stop platform

The asphalt temporary platform does not include a space for bikes, but allows for the bus to stop in lane.  This one is located on SE Stark at the TriMet bus stop near 90th Ave.

The asphalt temporary platform allows for the bus to stop in lane and provides people with more space while waiting for the bus, boarding and de-boarding. It does not include a ramp up and space for bikes. This one is located on SE Stark at the TriMet bus stop near 90th Ave. Photo courtesy of PBOT.

Current locations (no bike ramp included):

  1. SE Washington at 80th Ave (Installed Summer 2020) 
  2. SE Stark far side of 82nd Ave (Installed Summer 2020)
  3. SE Stark at 90th Ave (Installed Summer 2020)
  4. SE Stark at 94th Ave (Installed Summer 2020)
  5. SE 105th at Stark (Installed Summer 2020)

Map of locations of all 10 temporary platforms by type across Portland. Map courtesy of PBOT.

Map of locations of all 10 temporary platforms by type across Portland. Map courtesy of PBOT.

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