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Buses avoid Clackamas mall during holidays


TriMet is detouring 10 bus lines going to the area around Clackamas Town Center during busy holiday shopping days to avoid severe delays and keep buses moving.

Buses that regularly travel through the mall parking lot have been caught up in the holiday congestion — sometimes for two hours — in years past. During the Thanksgiving shopping weekend last month, TriMet routed buses around the parking lot.

Preventing buses from going through the parking lot reduced congestion for shoppers while allowing buses to stay on schedule, said TriMet spokeswoman Roberta Alstadt.

“We detoured 10 bus lines, and it helped dramatically,” Alstadt said.

Lines 28, 29, 30, 31, 71, 72, 79, 152, 155, 156 will again not serve the Clackamas Town Center Transit Center (stop ID 13248) and the Clackamas Town Center Mall stops (stop IDs 12921 and 12922) near the movie theater from 1 until 7 p.m. during the following dates:

Friday through Sunday, Dec. 14 to 16

Friday through Monday, Dec. 21 to 24

Wednesday, Dec. 26

The buses will travel on Monterey Avenue and serve a temporary stop on Monterey near the parking lot entrance by the movie theater. Temporary stops will be posted in both directions.

MAX/bus riders

To connect bus riders with the MAX Green Line, after serving the temporary stop on Monterey the buses will continue on to the Southeast Fuller Road MAX Station, about a five- to 10-minute ride. Riders who normally transfer from the MAX to buses at the Clackamas Town Center Transit Center can catch the buses at the Fuller Road Station or get off at the Clackamas Town Center Transit Center and walk about a half-mile to the temporary stop on Monterey Avenue.