January 23, 2009
$700M+ Price Tag on "Hybrid" I-5/99W Connector
Reported in the Daily Journal of Commerce.
January 22, 2009 11:25 PM
Is it just me, or do the maps in that image look just like Sim City?
January 23, 2009 7:26 AM
Jason Barbour Says:
Looks like the only mass transit improvement in the project area would be a commuter rail extension to Sherwood. I wonder if more people would use basic bus service if it were implemented/provided on Tualatin-Sherwood Rd. and Tualatin Rd. I know I would have when I lived out there if it were available.
January 23, 2009 11:03 AM
John E. Says:
Let me guess,,, transit and trail improvements will come first,, with worsening congestion and no roads to follow.
January 23, 2009 12:43 PM
The article mention a quote from someone that there are some "transit and trail improvements", but the rest of the article talks about which roads are going to be widened. What exactly are the transit and trail improvements, or is that line just some greenwashing on the part of Washington Country?
January 23, 2009 9:34 PM
I lived in Tualatin, near the I-205/I-5 interchange. I would have welcomed this project, since it was such a complete pain in my ass to get home many days. Most of the traffic was not local traffic, it was just cutting through.
I'd have lover to offered them an additional route, just so I wasn't getting cut off by them every day.
January 27, 2009 10:40 PM
Erik Halstead Says:
Jason Barbour wrote: I wonder if more people would use basic bus service if it were implemented/provided on Tualatin-Sherwood Rd. and Tualatin Rd
A WES extension from Tualatin to Sherwood would cost at least $10-15 million just in track rehab (that track is some of the worst railroad track in use in Oregon), plus building a new junction where the Westside and OE Districts cross each other...the easiest junction would force WES trains from Sherwood north to Tigard, thus eliminating the stop in Tualatin (unless the train makes a reverse move). There's also one major trestle north of Sherwood that would need to be rebuilt.
And there's that pesky little issue of...the car. Considering that Colorado Railcar...doesn't exist anymore...there is nobody that builds (or has ready to build) a FRA compliant railcar...
Cost of a bus? $350,000. Four buses, a few stop improvements...and you're still well under the cost of just track rehab. And I forgot to mention, a WES extension wouldn't serve any of the employers in the corridor, or the residential neighborhoods along Tualatin Road, like a bus could.
January 28, 2009 3:09 PM
Jason McHuff Says:
that pesky little issue of...the car
I went to the TriMet Board of Directors meeting this morning (it was interesting, with many different things mentioned) and there was talk of somebody else building the cars.
January 30, 2009 5:18 AM
Erik Halstead Says:
Jason McHuff: there was talk of somebody else building the cars
...and that would be........................?
April 4, 2009 9:12 PM
Nina Metaksa Says:
The pricetag that keeps getting posted for this project is ridiculously low. THe southern part of this project (southern arterial) was listed at $260 million back in 1997 and reviewed by many international consultants who looked at tolling options. On top of the low stated price - it does little to solve congestion in Tigard and Tualatin which was a major purpose. Spend our tax money elsewhere PLEASE!!!