Archive | June, 2009

Impressions from the Green Line

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Today was the first VIP ride on the Green Line and I had the chance to join anybody and everybody involved in transportation in the region to ride out to Clackamas Town Center.

My biggest overall impression was probably looking at the system map and reflecting on how much of the region is now connected by rail…

Photos after the jump.

P.S. Look for video from Bob later…

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Gathering at PSU

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Quite a System!

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Earl and lots of other electeds

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Arriving at Clackamas Town Center

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Great looking vehicles

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A short walk to the mall…

You Too Can Serve on a Streetcar Advisory Committee

All right, technically there’s still a non-streetcar option in the mix:

Dear community member,

Thank you for your interest in the Lake Oswego to Portland Transit Project. As many of you know, we are beginning the next phase of analysis on this project, an environmental review referred to as the Draft Environmental Impact Statement or DEIS.

During this phase of work, the public involvement program will include a community advisory committee to provide on-the-ground advice and guidance to the project team and steering committee about issues related to the analysis as well as recommendations related to the selection of a locally preferred alternative to advance for final analysis and, potentially, construction.

Community advisory committee members will be selected through an open application process and confirmed by the project steering committee. We anticipate that the committee will include about 20 members representing a range of stakeholder perspectives. Some members may represent more than one perspective.

If you are interested in applying for a position on the committee, visit www.oregonmetro.gov/lakeoswego to download a member job description and application form. The applications are due by July 7.

Thank you.

Michael

Michael Robert, Administrative Specialist II
Planning and Development
Metro
503-813-7535 (Ext 7535)
michael.robert@oregonmetro.gov
www.oregonmetro.gov

Efforts to Address Climate Change Inch Forward

In Salem, we have a new Greenhouse Gas Emissions Task Force. Here’s a note from the Oregon Environmental Council on the bill:

House Bill 2186 passed the Senate Wednesday evening, the House concurred with Senate amendments Thursday, and the bill now goes to the Governor for his signature. Thanks for your help!

As mentioned in my earlier email, besides the centerpiece of the bill, a low-carbon fuel standard, HB 2186 sets up a Metropolitan Planning Organization Greenhouse Gas Emissions Task Force. This Task Force, co-chaired by House Speaker David Hunt and Senate President Peter Courtney, will evaluate how to move all MPOs forward on reducing greenhouse gases through better transportation and land use planning and will make recommendations for legislation to be considered during the 2010 special session. (As you remember under HB 2001, Metro is required to develop and adopt a land use and transportation scenario that reduces greenhouse gases and the Eugene/Springfield MPO is required to develop a nonbinding scenario.)

In D.C. the Waxman-Markey “Clean Energy and Security Act” has passed the House (a cap-and-trade approach), although Peter DeFazio voted NO in protest because he didn’t think it had enough teeth.

Let’s hope this is not all “too little too late.”

Updated: Visit A Climate Action Plan Town Hall

Updated: 6/26/09

An additional town hall has been added:

Saturday, July 11 / 2:00-4:00 pm
David Douglas High School
1001 SE 135th

Original Post: 6/2/09

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The City of w:st="on">Portland and Multnomah
County
have drafted a new
action plan to lead our community forward in the charge against global warming.
The draft 2009
Climate Action Plan
is a strategy to decrease local carbon emissions 80
percent by 2050.  

 

The plan identifies
high-level goals and specific actions to be
accomplished in the next three years
to accelerate local efforts
to address this issue. 

 

Everything from high-level policy changes and expanded bicycle
master plans to on-the-ground, every day practices like insulating our homes,
walking to the grocery store and eating less red meat can mean a healthier
planet, and healthier families, if we all pitch in.

 

Join your
friends and neighbors to discuss the Climate Action Plan at one of the neighborhood
Town Halls listed below.   We need your help to shape this
strategy. 

 

Town Hall Schedule:

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style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Book Antiqua","serif"'>Downtown –
business focused

style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Book Antiqua","serif";color:#3366FF'>Monday,
June 15 / 5:30-7:30pm

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style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Book Antiqua","serif"'>SOUK

w:st="on">322
NW 6th Ave

 

style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Book Antiqua","serif"'>Southeast

style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Book Antiqua","serif";color:#3366FF'>Saturday,
June 20 / 1:00-3:00pm

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w:st="on">Mt. style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Book Antiqua","serif"'> w:st="on">Scott Community Center

w:st="on">5530
SE 72nd Ave

 

style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Book Antiqua","serif"'>Southwest

style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Book Antiqua","serif";color:#3366FF'>Monday,
June 22 / 6:30-8:30pm

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w:st="on">68
SW Miles Street

 

style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Book Antiqua","serif"'>Northeast

style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Book Antiqua","serif";color:#3366FF'>Thursday,
June 25  / 6:30-8:30pm

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w:st="on">Dishman style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Book Antiqua","serif"'> w:st="on">Community Center

style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Book Antiqua","serif"'>77 NE Knott

style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Book Antiqua","serif"'>Downtown/Central
Westside

style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Book Antiqua","serif";color:#3366FF'>Monday,
June 29 / 6:30-8:30pm

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w:st="on">Lincoln style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Book Antiqua","serif"'> HS Cafeteria

w:st="on">1600
SW Salmon St

style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Book Antiqua","serif"'>North

style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Book Antiqua","serif";color:#3366FF'>Tuesday,
July 7 / 6:30-8:30pm

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w:st="on">University
Park
Community Center

w:st="on">9009
N Foss Ave