FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Rina Jimmerson
The Central Eastside Industrial Council (CEIC) launches the Water Avenue Courtesy Shuttle
Central Eastside Industrial District in Portland, OR, July 18, 2018 -The Central Eastside has been quickly growing and so have transportation and parking issues in the area. In response, the CEIC is introducing the CEIC Water Avenue Courtesy shuttle. The buses began running July 9th with two shuttles operating every weekday (Monday to Friday) at peak hours, from 6:30 am to 9:30 am and evenings from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm with about 15mn -20mn lag time.
“CEIC and its members have been looking forward to this project. We have had a lot of encouragement from key players, businesses, employees and residents in the area. We hope that this free bus service will be a success and that we will be able to expand it. Eventually, if we have enough ridership, we even may be able to encourage TriMet to expand their service to this area,” says CEIC President, Brad Malsin.
Each bus has a maximum capacity of 25 people and is ADA equipped. The route stops are :
– Dairy Building located at 2705 SE 8th Avenue
– Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation located at 2250 SE Water
– OMSI Northern parking lot located at 1945 SE Water Avenue
– ODOT (Water Avenue and SE Taylor, Northern lot)
– Eastside Exchange Building lot located at 123 NE 3rd Avenue
– Oregon Convention Center (most southern bus stop area)
“Our partner for this pilot project is City Center Parking, and we are working closely together to assess and adapt to the needs of the employees in the area, who are the main users. This is just one more way of connecting people to more transportation options, whether it be parking at a monthly parking lot or taking the Orange line. One great feature is that you can track the bus on your phone, which gives the user the flexibility to decide whether to use BikeTown, walk or wait for the shuttle”, says Kate Merrill, Executive Director of the CEIC.
The CEIC is a non-profit, volunteer organization representing businesses and property owners in the Central Eastside Industrial District (CEID) in Portland, Oregon. The CEID is a 681-acre district encompassing property south of I-84 to Powell and the river to SE 12th. It is comprised of district property owner’s, businesses, makers and residents. The CEIC strives to honor and preserve the districts industrial roots while maintaining a vibrant and thriving community of diverse businesses.