Riders on Line 75-Cesar Chavez/Lombard, which carries passengers between St. Johns in North Portland and the City of Milwaukie south of Portland, have new places to relax and rest while waiting for the bus. About 600 benches were replaced as part of a program funded entirely by Lamar Advertising. TriMet said the new benches will be more durable, easier to maintain and bolted to the sidewalk or a concrete pad.
One of every ten new benches will be “leaners,” similar to leaning rails found at MAX stations. Leaners provide an alternative to standing in locations where benches will not fit without blocking the public right-of-way. In some spots, sidewalks are too narrow to accommodate traditional benches and still meet federal Americans with Disabilities Act standards.
Woman-owned Decorative Metal Services, Inc., of Vancouver, fabricated the benches and leaners. TriMet is also installing benches in North Portland along Lines 4 and 44. Line 77, carrying passengers between Montgomery Park and Troutdale along Northeast Broadway and Halsey Street, is next. New transit bench and leaner installations will continue through December 2014 around the metro area.
TriMet is seeking rider reviews on the new street furniture. Email comments to gro.t1511033406emirt1511033406@stne1511033406mmoc1511033406.