Archive | January, 2006

Help Local Blogger Get to D.C.

Over at Bike Portland, Jonathan Maus is appealing for help in funding his trip to this year’s National Bike Summit.

Having had the wonderful opportunity to go to Prague and Amsterdam this fall, I can testify how valuable these kind of field trips are for a blogger. Not only does it expand the consciousness of the blogger, but it provides lots of interesting material for the audience back at home.

I just hit the donate button and encourage you to do the same. Or at least buy a T-shirt.

Over at Bike Portland, Jonathan Maus is appealing for help in funding his trip to this year’s National Bike Summit.

Having had the wonderful opportunity to go to Prague and Amsterdam this fall, I can testify how valuable these kinds of field trips are for a blogger. Not only does it expand the consciousness of the blogger, but it provides lots of interesting material for the audience back at home.

I just hit the donate button and encourage you to do the same. Or at least buy a T-shirt.

Another Perspective on Bus Rapid Transit

The post on buses in toll lanes has generated a lot of discussion.

Michael Wilson forwarded this article from Sierra magazine, containing an interview with Jamie Lerner, the former Mayor of Curitiba, Brazil.

The post on buses in toll lanes has generated a lot of discussion.

Michael Wilson forwarded this article from Sierra magazine, containing an interview with Jamie Lerner, the former Mayor of Curitiba, Brazil.

He argues that Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) on dedicated lanes is much easier to implement than a subway, or even surface rail.

Would this map to the United States? Over on the earlier post, Dan argues that higher labor costs and easier sources of capital than operating funding break down the paradigm.

What do other people think?

Toll Road Moving Forward in Newberg

OPB is reporting that today the Oregon Transportation Commission approved a $20M pre-development agreement with Australian based Macquarie to investigate three potential toll road projects, starting with the Newberg-Dundee bypass.

OPB is reporting that today the Oregon Transportation Commission approved a $20M pre-development agreement with Australian based Macquarie to investigate three potential toll road projects, starting with the Newberg-Dundee bypass.

Discuss!

Buses, Trains and Automobiles

Last night, the Downtown Neighborhood Association invited TriMet to a meeting to discuss issues around the Transit Mall Light Rail project. Last Friday’s Tribune sensationalized this to a degree.

Looking over the written questions the association submited to TriMet, I was reminded of a challenge in working with neighborhood associations on large capital projects: the leadership can turn over completely during the time it takes to get a project from planning to construction. The TriMet team did a good job of reviewing the history of the project, AND its outreach.

Last night, the Downtown Neighborhood Association invited TriMet to a meeting to discuss issues around the Transit Mall Light Rail project. Last Friday’s Tribune sensationalized this to a degree.

Looking over the written questions the association submited to TriMet, I was reminded of a challenge in working with neighborhood associations on large capital projects: the leadership can turn over completely during the time it takes to get a project from planning to construction. The TriMet team did a good job of reviewing the history of the project, AND its outreach.

The main reason I attended was to understand how buses will be re-routed during construction. I had understood that 10th and 11th were under consideration and wanted to hear the plan for how they would operate with the Streetcar.

But it appears that the main detour routes will be 3rd and 4th, with some on Columbia and Jefferson. The staff recommendation will be released in early February and the public comment period will begin then.

As to the questions of how cars, buses and trains will interact on the mall, I think TriMet has made its case well.