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Beaverton planners review new school bus depot plan

The Beaverton School District has submitted a new application asking the city of Beaverton to approve expansion of its bus depot off of Cornell Road.

The district submitted its application at the end of January and city staff is reviewing it, said Bud Moore, district deputy superintendent for operations and support services.

The request is to allow the district to expand it's current depot on Northwest 167th Place from 45 buses to 180.

The district filed a previous application, which was turned down in 2002. At that time, residents in the Five Oaks/Triple Creek Neighborhood Association Committee expressed concerns about traffic congestion and environmental issues.

Removed from the recently submitted application was a request for a building where buses would be washed.

'There is no request for a stand-alone facility,' said Moore.

The district has conducted two separate traffic impact analysis (the most recent one completed in the fall) that showed once the planned five-lane expansion of Cornell Road is completed, the number of buses won't have a disproportional impact on traffic flow, said Moore.

In addition to the traffic studies, Moore said air quality and noise studies both were deemed within federal and state standards.

'We are trying to negotiate with the school district, because the plans they showed us in early 2005 could have been made to work,' said Dave James, charman of the FiveOaks/Triple Creek Neighborhood Asscoiation Committee. 'Since then they have added more buses, changed the surrounding wall, etc. We said we would like to go back to the original plan, and with a few modifications we would be willing to remove all objections.'