A few items for your consideration:
- In the “pigs are flying” department, the Cascade Policy Institute actually wrote the following words on their website:
Portland is known for having one of the best public transportation systems in the country
Perhaps that is damning with faint praise, but there it sits. And the article it is found within isn’t bad either, a complaint about Portland over-regulating taxis and related services (and continuing to ban things like Lyft and uber). While I probably would differ with CPI on what regulations are appropriate (their answer likely being “almost none”); I share their concerns that the present state of affairs in the city reflects regulatory capture by a cartel.
- After some public outreach last month, Metro has published a set of Draft Regional Framework Plan Amendments to the Climate Smart Strategy. Clackamas County’s suggestion to “reduce congestion by building more highways” seems to have been mercifully ignored.
- TriMet has made some tweaks to ten bus lines (including a bit of extra service), and is seeking comment on its draft service guidelines.
- BikePortland with excellent coverage of Metro’s recent BRT presentation.
- A majority of Portlanders oppose the proposed street fee, according to a poll commissioned by a group of opponents to the proposed fee. (Commissioner Novick, for his part, disputes the relevance of the poll).
- Next week, the Southwest Corridor steering committee meets again, after several months of dormancy while planning staff work to resolve questions left on the table from the committee’s meeting last June.