TriMet is planning to open a new Central Precinct for the transit police on the first floor of the parking garage to be built for the coming Oregon Convention Center headquarters hotel.
Fully furnished, the new precinct will cost $11 million. It will replace the current precinct along the MAX line in Portland’s Old Town-Chinatown neighborhood at Northwest First Avenue and Davis Street.
TriMet says that facility is too small and lacks sufficient parking. It is 9,000 square feet and has 29 parking spaces. Although it has two holding cells, the current precinct has no interrogation rooms.
“The current space is inefficient and can’t house all of our needs,” says Harry Saporta, TriMet’s executive director of safety and security, who is among several of the regional transit agency’s employees also based at the facility.
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