The Cost of Congestion: How Traffic Jams Waste More Than Just Your Time
City Club Friday Forum – March 31, 2006
- Jay T. Waldron, President of Port of Portland Commission and Co-Chair of Metro’s Transportation Investment Task Force
- Ann Gardner, Government Relations Manager, Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc.
- Michael Powell, Powell’s City of Books
According to the 2005 Urban Mobility Report, Portland ranks as the 20th most congested city in the country, and by 2025, the population in the metropolitan area is projected to increase by an additional one million people. But this is going to mean a lot more than just a longer commute to work. To pin down the real impact of congestion, the Portland Business Alliance, Port of Portland and Metro recently collaborated on a study that has quantified just how this byproduct of urban growth affects our economy and our quality of life — from its effect on jobs and worker productivity to transportation costs and business opportunities. Join us to get a better feeling for our region’s growing pains.
This week’s Friday Forum, which is open to the public, will be held at the Governor Hotel (614 S.W. 11th Ave.). Doors will open at 11:30 a.m.; the program begins at 12:15 p.m. and concludes at 1:15 p.m. Luncheon tickets are $16 for City Club members and up to two guests, $20 for nonmembers. Lunch reservations can be made online or by calling 503-228-7231, ext. 103, by 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, 2006 (members only may call the members’ reservation message line at 503-241-9242). A limited number of coffee/tea tickets are $5 at the door. General seating, also available at the door, is free for members, $5 for nonmembers.