Archive | April, 2009

$75M in Federal Funding Announced for Streetcar Loop

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced today that the Portland Streetcar Loop project will receive $75M in Small Starts funding.

LaHood said “Portland is the model for providing integrated transit options” creating community livability.

Congressman Earl Blumenaur thanked LaHood, saying “you have broken the log jam” on funding for this project.

The funding is composed of $45M appropriated by Congress earlier this year and $30M of stimulus funds provided under the discretion of the Federal Transit Administration.

CRC Sponsors Council to Take Up Tolling

From the press release:

Columbia River Crossing Project Sponsors Council meets May 4

VANCOUVER – The Columbia River Crossing Project Sponsors Council will begin a discussion of tolling at its next meeting on Monday, May 4.

The agenda includes an update on recent tolling legislation, a background presentation and discussion of lessons learned from tolling outreach on other northwest highways, and a beginning discussion on how to study and engage the public on tolling for the Columbia River Crossing project.

Multiple sources will be necessary to fund construction of the Columbia River Crossing project, including federal, state, regional and local sources, and tolls. Specific toll collection strategies have not been identified, but tolls would be collected electronically to avoid the need for toll booths.

The Project Sponsors Council also will begin discussing the concept of “performance measures” for ensuring optimal long-term performance of the Columbia River crossing. The need for such measures was identified during the March Project Sponsors Council meeting. A performance measurement technical group will be formed in June to develop performance measurements for consideration later this year.

The public meeting will be held 1:30 – 3 p.m. at the Clark County Public Services Center, sixth floor hearing room, 1300 Franklin Street, Vancouver. Meeting materials are available at: http://www.columbiarivercrossing.org/ProjectPartners/PSCMeetingMaterials.aspx.

All Bikes at City Club This Week

From the City Club bulletin:

In Portland, bicycling is more than a way to get around – it’s a way of life. According to the League of American Bicyclists, Portland is America’s number-one major city for biking. A significant economic force, Portland’s bicycle industry generated nearly $90 million and sustained approximately 1,000 jobs last year. Bicycling eases traffic congestion, improves air quality and enhances public health in the metro area. And by leveraging one of the community’s most valuable public assets – the right-of-way space long allocated to cars – Portland is emerging as a model for sustainable urban living in the 21st century.

On May 1, City Club welcomes Jay Graves, owner of the Bike Gallery, Mia Birk, principal at Alta Planning & Design, and Jonathan Nicholas, a founder of Cycle Oregon, who will discuss bicycles and bicycling as an economic influence, an urban planning opportunity and a lifestyle.

City Club is also pleased to announce its first-ever bicycle exposition, in which eighteen local bike builders will be showcasing their one-of-a-kind, hand-made bicycles. Come early to enjoy the bikes and to speak with these artisans about their creations. Find a full list of attending bike builders here.

Tickets are going fast! Lunch is $16 for members; $20 for nonmembers. Registration closes April 29 at 2:00 p.m. unless tickets sell out sooner.To register for lunch, click here. To reserve a table, please call 503-228-7231 x100. Coffee/tea and general admission tickets are $5 and are available at the door.