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Peacock Lane Travel Game Plan

Holiday season is here, which means the popular Peacock Lane Christmas displays are back. Increasingly, the only thing more impressive than the lights are the traffic backups. This is especially true during the times when Peacock Lane is pedestrian-only (December 15-17 this year).

Without planning ahead, what was supposed to be a fun family tradition could result in an extended stay in barely-moving traffic and (endless?) circling through dark and narrow SE Portland streets looking for parking.

But you’ve got options and some are definitely going to result in a better experience than others. Here’s your travel game plan:

BIKING:

Great for some

If you’re comfortable with riding in the dark (and your visibility game is strong), biking is a great way to sidestep the parking problems and traffic backups.

From the east and west, Salmon and Taylor streets bike lanes will get you there, while the 41st Street bike lane is your north-south route.

Heads up: you’ll have to walk your bike on Peacock Lane.

TRANSIT:

Your best bet

You have a lot of options that will drop you on the figurative doorstep of Peacock Lane.

From the east or west, Line 15 is a Frequent Service line that runs down Belmont and will drop you off right at Peacock Lane. Six blocks to the south on Hawthorne is the Frequent Service Line 14 and six blocks to the north on Burnside is Line 20

From the north or south, Line 75 runs down Cesar Chavez, one block from Peacock Lane. Hollywood Transit Center provides a connection to MAX Red, Blue and Green lines and is eight minutes from from Peacock Lane via Line 75.

If you’re coming from farther way, driving to a Park and Ride and then taking MAX + Line 75 the rest of the way is a good bet. By the evening, Park and Ride parking spots are plentiful.

Plan a trip to Peacock Lane on transit

 

DRIVING:

Doable if you don’t mind a long walk

Pick your poison: sit in traffic and fight for parking on those tight streets crowded with pedestrians, or park a ways off and walk 10+ minutes. If it’s especially crowded (and when is it not?), you’re likely to do both.

If you do prefer to drive, you can do a few things to minimize the pain. First, avoid Stark and Belmont for a good 5 blocks in either direction, as well as Cesar Chavez approaching both streets.

Finding a spot within five blocks of Peacock Lane is going to involve a lot of circling and some luck. Parking is usually easier near (or better yet, south of) Hawthorne. The same holds true as you approach Burnside. Going west of Cesar Chavez is also a good idea. Take care crossing over Cesar Chavez; the sidewalks are narrow and the traffic constant.

Oh, and don’t even think about parking at the Walgreens on Belmont. It’s very much a no-go.

Uber / Lyft:

Potentially pricey but better than driving

You won’t avoid the traffic but you will sidestep the parking problems. If you’re able, bypass the stand-still traffic on Stark and Belmont and get dropped off on Burnside or Hawthorne. You’ll have a 5-10 minute walk to Peacock Lane, but you’ll avoid sitting for even longer in traffic (with the meter running).

One more thing: you’re almost certain to run into some major surge pricing when you head home. Try walking a few blocks away to see if you can get out of the surging area.

Have any tips for a painless trip to Peacock Lane? Tweet them to @trimet.

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Tom Williams

Tom Williams

I'm TriMet's Web & Social Media Coordinator. I'm here to share our story, and to keep you up-to-date on how TriMet can help you navigate Portland. When I'm not working, I love to read, spend time outdoors, and visit tiki bars.

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Rolling Out Soon: Our Largest-Ever Bus Service Expansion

Our largest-ever expansion of bus service is officially a “go” with the approval of our Fiscal Year 2019 budget last week.

Thirteen lines will soon have more frequent buses or will run for more hours. We’ll also be bringing back 24-hour service to two lines, the first time we’ve offered all-night service since 1986! Most of these improvements will roll out this September with the remainder coming in March 2019.

Here’s the increased bus service you’ll soon see:

  • Lines 61, 64, 66 and 68 — all of which serve OHSU and Marquam Hill — will have expanded hours of operation.
  • Line 81-Kane Rd/257th will have more than 20 additional weekday buses.
  • Line 24-Fremont will be extended across the Fremont Bridge.
  • A new all-night bus — Line 272 — will go to Portland International Airport.
  • Line 4-Division/Fessenden — one of our longest and most popular routes — will be split into two lines to help keep buses on time.
  • Line 20-Burnside/Stark and Line 57-TV Hwy/Forest Grove will run 24 hours a day.
  • Line 73-122nd Ave will have increased weekday service with buses arriving every 15 minutes most of the day.
  • Line 96-Tualatin/I-5 will have more service with 25 new mid-day buses between Tualatin and Portland.

We’re also moving forward with important safety and security upgrades, a low-income fare, buying new buses (including five new battery-electric buses) and continued work on the Division Transit and Southwest Corridor projects.

Read more about what our Fiscal Year 2019 budget includes.

Tom Williams

Tom Williams

I'm TriMet's Web & Social Media Coordinator. I'm here to share our story, and to keep you up-to-date on how TriMet can help you navigate Portland. When I'm not working, I love to read, spend time outdoors, and visit tiki bars.

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Bus Driver by Day, World Champion by Night

That bus operator you thanked as you exited the bus this morning? They may have a whole other set of super powers you never knew about.

Take Tofer Sneed, a TriMet bus driver since 2014. This April, Tofer took home gold at the Men’s Roller Derby World Cup in Barcelona, Spain. Watch to see him in action and to learn how he balances training with work:

Driving for TriMet is a great platform for pursuing your passions. Bus operators make more than $60k/year after three years, receive generous paid time off and get great medical, dental and vision benefits, even while working part-time.

Want to know more? Visit trimet.org/driveforus.

Tom Williams

Tom Williams

I'm TriMet's Web & Social Media Coordinator. I'm here to share our story, and to keep you up-to-date on how TriMet can help you navigate Portland. When I'm not working, I love to read, spend time outdoors, and visit tiki bars.

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