Archive | October, 2006

I-5 Delta Park Open House – Final Design Phase

The I-5 Delta Park Project is moving into the final design phase. You are invited to attend a project Open House to learn more…

Wednesday, November 1, 2006
4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Ockley Green School Auditorium
6031 N Montana Ave.
Portland, OR 97217

Please contact Stacy Thomas with any questions you may have at:

Stacy Thomas, Senior Community Affairs Coordinator
Oregon Department of Transportation –Region 1
123 NW Flanders
Portland, OR 97209
Email: Stacy.L.Thomas@odot.state.or.us
Tel. 503.731.8281
Fax. 503.731.3266

Next Phase of the RTP Exercise

I want to thank everyone for their participation in generating outcome visions. It started a little slow, but it really picked up steam! Thanks for (mostly) following the rules.

Keep adding those comments, even as we start the next phase.

What happens next is that I am going to comb through the outcomes and pick a set of 12 that I think collectively represent a great vision for our transportation system. As you might guess, they’ll most likely describe a rich set of transportation choices supporting a pattern of compact development.

But I’d also like to get some other picks. Adron has agreed to do a set that focuses on a minimal-government-intervention scenario. If anyone has input for Adron into this, send your e-mail address to webmaster@portlandtransport.com and I’ll pass it on to him.

Jim Karlock has also agreed to put together an auto-centric set of outcomes

Once we have our vision sets, we’ll subject each one to the next set of questions in Metro’s exercise, one at a time:

  • What is working well to achieve the outcomes?
  • What are some challenges to achieving the outcomes?
  • What are some solutions to achieving the outcomes?

So remember, ONLY TWELVE bullets in each outcome set, and we’ll start in on the next phase early next week.

Help Coalition for a Livable Future Shift the Balance!

It has been said that building highways to reduce congestion is equivalent to buying a larger belt to cure obesity. Yet, as illogical as this sounds, many of the Portland region’s transportation projects and plans are still being guided by this perspective. The Coalition for a Livable Future believes that it is time to transform our approach to transportation and create a plan that will serve our communities for the 21st century.

The Coalition’s plan, called Shift the Balance, aims to give people more transportation choices – healthier choices – and better access to the places they want and need to go. Using the plan, CLF will engage citizens in shaping Metro’s Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) Update now underway, helping guide how the region invests at least $4.2 billion over the next 20 years.

Visit www.clfuture.org/projects/ShiftTheBalance to read about Shift the Balance and get involved. Then, take our online survey. It takes less than 10 minutes to complete, and we’ll be sharing the results with Metro to inform the Regional Transportation Plan update.

Spread the word about Shift the Balance! Forward this message to your networks.

AASHTO is Coming to Town: What Does it Mean for the CRC?

The American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials (think ODOT and it’s 49 brethren) is holding its annual meeting here in Portland. It started a couple of days ago.

Part of the meeting is to determine a legislative agenda, and preliminary work for this was done at a subcommittee meeting in Minneapolis last month. Reading through the notes from some of the working groups, I was struck by one recommendation:

2. Nationally Significant Needs – Do not fund projects of national significance through congressional earmarks or nationally allocated funds. Instead increase apportioned funds to states, so that nationally significant needs in a state or in multi-state areas are addressed through cooperative efforts using state apportioned federal funds matched by state funds, and/or other locally provided funds.

So why is that important? Because the strategy for funding the Columbia River Crossing is to pitch it to Congress as a national priority. It’s a key bottleneck on the major west coast trade corridor. So we would ask for funds above and beyond our normal allocation.

What the AASHTO recommendation would say is, no, the crossing is an Oregon/Washington problem, and they need to prioritize it from their funds (maybe getting some help from California and Idaho).

Seems like that kind of funding model would cast the project in a whole new light.

Now I have no idea what kind of clout AASHTO has with Congress, but somehow I’m betting that ODOT and WashDOT might not be voting for this particular policy plank.