Archive | May, 2007

City of Portland Fleet Gets Smarter

This came over the transom yesterday afternoon:

CITY AHEAD OF THE CURVE WITH THE ADDITION OF SMART CARS

You’re invited to take a ride and learn more about the new Smart cars on Wednesday the 30th.
MEDIA ADVISORY
Contact: Mary Volm
503-823-7785
May 29.2007

CITY AHEAD OF THE CURVE WITH THE ADDITION OF SMART CARS
BES and the Motor Pool purchased the Smart Vehicles

WHAT: The City of Portland CityFleetand the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) will roll out the new Smart cars and the new Gem electric vehicle.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 30; 11:00 AM

WHERE: In front of City Hall, 4th Ave side

WHO: John Hunt, CityFleet Manager, Office of Management and Finance
Dean Marriott, Director, BES
Scott Turpen, Facilities Manager BES

Come See, take a ride and learn more about the new Smart cars and Gem electric vehicle and learn how the City is utilizing this new technology.

Transportation SDCs to Remain Level?

The Daily Journal of Commerce is reporting that a panel evaluating the reauthorization of the Transportation System Development Charge program for the City of Portland is unlikely to raise the rates for the charges by more than the level of inflation.

“Cities around the country are paying for big projects, but they’re doing it by voting on it,” Bruce Allen, a committee member representing the Portland Development Commission, said.

Portland residents, he said, “don’t want to support that.”

Increased developer fees could also hurt the city’s ability to attract and retain businesses, according to the 19-member committee, which includes representatives of public agencies, businesses and residents.