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The Multnomah County Chair race may seem like a bit of a sleeper for transportation advocates, but it’s a very important one. The County is responsible for the majority of bridges that cross the Willamette and makes critical decisions (like the replacement of the Sellwood Bridge) that affect our daily transportation.
The Women’s Transportation Seminar is holding a conversation with Deborah Kafoury and Jim Francesconi on the evening of February 25th. I’d encourage our readers to consider attending and getting informed!
No, that’s not my resolution, it’s one I’m proposing for Federal and State DOTs.
The State Smart Transportation Initiative has looked at 61 years of traffic forecasts and found that in all 61 cases, actual VMT was less than the forecast. This graph makes the case for reforming the forecasting process in the starkest terms possible:
Locally, we know that ODOT has done the same with projections for the Columbia River Crossing, sticking to a curve with a slope that’s been been demonstrated to be wrong each year since the projection was made (even before the projection was included in the EIS for the project).
So how about it, DOTs? For 2014 can we all resolve to acknowledge reality in our forecasting?
It’s time for the annual Gordon Price lecture to the Traffic and Transportation class:
What: Gordon Price Presentation
When: Thursday 11/14, 6:40 – 8:40 p.m.
Where: Portland Building Auditorium, 1120 SW 5th Ave
Cost: Free and Open to the Public
Price is a former Vancouver, BC City Councilor, a widely respected urban visionary and author of the Price Tags blog and newsletter.
Always both informative and entertaining!
I couldn’t help notice the juxtaposition last week.
Moda Health signed a deal to sponsor the Blazer’s arena (formerly the Rose Garden) for 10 years for what some sources have quoted as $40M.
At the same time Willamette Week reported that the City is considering an investment/loan beyond the $2M in Federal seed money to get Bike Share started, for the initial central core (with an aspiration to expand to more neighborhoods in the future).
Not that I have anything against spectator sports. But what if Moda, a health company, sponsored Portland Bike Share for $40M for ten years? Instead of subsidizing an activity where the participants are mostly sedentary and consume calories and alcohol, they could be supporting an activity that actually gets people active and contributes to greater health…
And I suspect we could have a bike share system that reached well beyond 82nd Ave. A guy can dream…