October 4, 2006
Transportation Job: Smart Trips Downtown
Received from PDOT yesterday:
Transportation Options is hiring for a limited term (2 years, possibly longer if additional funding is provided) Transportation Demand Management Specialist I to work on our Smart Trips Downtown program. This program is modeled after our successful Eastside Hub and Northeast Hub individualized education & incentive programs. We will be working with downtown employers and their employees to encourage more people to walk, bike and take transit during light rail construction on our downtown mall. Please pass this on to your contacts and lists.
You can view the announcement at: http://www.ci.portland.or.us/jobs/06-227/06-227.htm.
Applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, October 9, 2006.
Transportation Options Project Manager
Portland Office of Transportation
1120 SW 5th Ave, Suite 800
Portland, OR 97204
October 4, 2006 7:36 AM
Frank Dufay Says:
Since the #14, my bus line, and one of the more popular ones in the system --8% of downtown ridership-- won't take us anywhere downtown anymore except 3 stops on Second Avenue...will the person hired in this position be able to look at alternative bus or jitney services during the 2.5 years of the mall re-build? That would be really cool so we can recapture some of the ridership the #14 is bound to lose.
October 4, 2006 9:26 AM
Lenny Anderson Says:
Somebody look at the On/Off data on the 14; TriMet has it for every stop. As I recall it does empty out by the time it hits 6th Avenue, but this data will tell the story. Why else would it not do the 4th/3rd loop at least to Burnside like most other lines.
October 4, 2006 9:48 AM
Well, as someone who rides the #14 frequently, Lenny's right; most of the passengers in the AM have disembarked by the time the bus turns onto 6th. About 1/3 to 1/2 get off at the 4th Ave. stop. Portland's blocks are so short that I don't think having to walk one or two more is going to be a major deal to people - at least not to the point they'll abandon the bus because of it.
The outbound routing over the Morrison Bridge will ruffle more feathers, I suspect.