Archive | August, 2006

Tram Facts

Sunday’s Oregonian has a two-part Q&A style piece by Ryan Frank discussing mostly operational issues with the OHSU tram.

The mid-air rescue scenario is pretty harrowing, if unlikely (there are two backup power sources to get the cars back to the terminals if the main electrical motor fails). The engineers claim that they have a better handle on dealing with ice than MAX appears to.

Bridgeport Parking Rage

Regular readers will know that I have a beef with the almost total auto-dependence of the Bridgeport Village “lifestyle center.”

Yesterday’s Oregonian brings word of “parking rage” at the mall. I’m not sure how much of this is a true shortage (Bridgeport has 3.5 parking spaces per 1000 square feet of retail, compared to 4-5 as an industry standard) versus the “bait and switch” parking approach with lots of visible surface parking, when in fact most of the actual parking is in the structure at the west end of the complex.

Word is that 250 spaces will be added nearby. I can’t help wonder what the same investment in pedestrian, bike and transit accessibility might add.