The city of Portland is holding two public meetings this week at the Merill Auditorium Rehearsal Hall about transportation initiatives in Bayside and West Commercial Street.

On Tuesday, the city is kicking off a transportation master planning effort for East and West Bayside — an area bounded by Interstate 295 and Washington, Forest and Cumberland avenues. The effort will draw from previous planning studies and take into account land uses changes over the last 15 years, the city said in a news release. The goal is to create a plan for a “sustainable, mixed-use transit-oriented neighborhood,” by reassessing street connections, parking and bike-pedestrian connectivity, among other issues. The meeting, the first of three, begins at 6 p.m.

On Thursday, the city is hosting its final workshop about improving bike and pedestrian pathways on West Commercial Street and Tukey’s Bridge to Martin’s Point. That meeting begins at 6:15 p.m.

The city is looking to make West Commercial a significant commercial corridor and gateway to the city, safe and attractive for cyclists and pedestrians as a new boat yard, an expansion International Marine Terminal and rail operations contribute to increased commercial and industrial activity.

Across town, the city is looking for ways to improve bike and pedestrian connections from the Back Cove to Tukey’s Bridge and Martin’s Point.

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