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Portland and 70th

Portland & 70th Street Station

Portland & 70th Street - Station Plan PDF
Station Consideration Planned Condition*
Portland & 70th Street
Platform location

Southbound: Nearside of 70th Street on southwest corner
Farside not possible due to driveway access about 50 feet from intersection.

Northbound: Nearside of 70th Street on northeast corner
Farside not possible due to driveway access about 50 feet from intersection.

*Final conditions to be developed during the engineering/design process.

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Portland and 70th Street Station. Northbound near side 70th Street on Portland Avenue. Southbound near side 70th Street on Portland Avenue.

Station Consideration Planned Condition*
Station spacing

Southbound: About 0.4 mi to Portland & 73rd Street
Close to guidelines; improves rapid bus access to predominantly residential area.

Northbound: About 0.5 mi to Portland & 66th Street
Within guidelines of about half-mile station spacing.

Existing ridership within
a block, or about 1/8 mile
(Fall 2016)

About 30 boardings per weekday.

Platform location compared
to existing bus stop

Southbound: At existing bus stop

Northbound: At existing bus stop

Connecting service Route 553
Parking changes

Southbound and northbound: No change.

Station Consideration Planned Condition*
Curb configuration

Southbound and northbound: No bumpout; maintain existing curb line.

Platform length

Southbound and northbound: 60’ platform
Platforms will be designed to accommodate a 60’ BRT vehicle.

Revision to include a Portland & 70th Street station

The draft D Line Station Plan did not include a Portland & 70th Street station. The primary reason for the draft Station Plan's previous no-build recommendation was due to "low existing Route 5 ridership, which does not support station spacing closer than half-mile spacing guidelines."

The recommended D Line Station Plan included a proposed Portland & 70th Street station for the following reasons:

  • Support for a Portland & 70th Street station was consistently communicated with the public comment period for the draft D Line Station Plan.
    • Public comments submitted indicated general support for an additional station at Portland & 70th. A consistent theme included that the 0.9-mile distance between the Portland & 66th Street and Portland & 73rd Street stations is too long regardless of low ridership in the segment.
    • The City of Richfield Mayor, City Manager, and staff submitted comments stating that the lack of a Portland & 70th Street station would result in an underserved community.
  • The additional station would provide better transit access to the area with the D Line, independent of potential Route 5 local service levels after the start of D Line operations.
    • In its support for an additional station at 70th Street, City of Richfield staff commented that "local bus service on the Route 5 is proposed to be reduced to 30-minute headways, representing a significant reduction in service for any riders not within walking distance of D Line stations at 66th Street or 73rd Street ... the City is concerned that local bus service along Portland Avenue could see its frequency cut back even further or eliminated entirely."
    • Metro Transit acknowledges that the number of Route 5 trips serving Portland and 70th Street will be reduced from today's service level with the start of D Line operations.
    • Further, with the recommended addition of a station at 70th Street, Metro Transit will review potential to end Route 5 service at Portland and 66th Street upon the start of D Line operations.

Design consideration: Bicycle-transit interaction

Portland Avenue was reconstructed between 67th Street and 77th Street in 2015 and 2016. D Line platform design is planned to utilize the existing curbline established by the reconstruction project.

D Line design considerations will include any impacts to the existing sidewalk and mixed-use bicycle-pedestrian facility on either side of the roadway. The on-street bicycle lanes are not anticipated to be impacted. The planned use of the existing curbline will result in buses operating in largely the same way they do today for existing service, temporarily stopping in the bicycle lane to allow passengers to board and exit the bus.