Archive | May, 2008

Imagine 82nd

Portland State University
Center for Transportation Studies
Spring 2008 Transportation Seminar Series

Speaker: InSight Visioning and Planning, PSU MURP Workshop Project team

Topic: Imagine 82nd

InSight, a team of graduate students in PSU’s Master of Urban and Regional Planning program, will present their Planning Workshop project entitled “Imagine 82nd.” The project engaged residents, businesses, property owners and students along NE 82nd Avenue in Portland to develop a comprehensive vision for the future of the corridor. Imagine 82nd deals with the portion of 82nd Avenue between the Banfield Expressway and NE Sandy Boulevard, 1.3 miles in length. This particular stretch is home to many retail and service businesses that typify the rest of 82nd Avenue, but it also includes Madison High School, a major corporate headquarters, and a 20-acre vacant brownfield site. At this seminar, InSight will present the vision concepts they developed with the community, with particular emphasis on transportation and land use components.

When: Friday, May 30, 2008, 12:00-1:30pm

Where: PSU Urban Center Building, SW 6th and Mill, Room 204

Trouble with One Wheel on Four Wheels?

I’ve gotten word from the unicycle community (yes, Portland has a unicycle community) that TriMet is apparently cracking down on allowing folks to take their one-wheeled rides onto buses with them.

Unicycle riders, can you confirm?

Anyone from TriMet care to enlighten us on what office policy is?

Three Metro Councilors Suggest Tolling CRC FIRST

The Oregonian is reporting that that Metro Councilors Liberty, Collette and Hosticka are set to introduce a resolution calling for tolling the I-5 Columbia Crossing before before building a new bridge.

“That would give us the information we don’t have right now, which is how would people react to having to pay for the project?” said Carlotta Collette, one of the three councilors opposing a new bridge.

13 Groups Request CRC Comment Period Extension

Led by the Pacific Environmental Advocacy Center, thirteen organizations have signed on to a letter (PDF, 81K) requesting an additional 60 days be added to the comment period for the Columbia River Crossing Draft Environmental Impact statement. From the letter:

Concerned citizens and implicated agencies cannot adequately participate in the NEPA process if they are only given 60 days to analyze and comment on a highly technical 5,000 page document. Meaningful public participation is central to the NEPA process. NEPA requires the sponsoring agencies to “make diligent efforts to involve the public in preparing and implementing their NEPA procedures.” 40 CFR § 1506.6 (a). The Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) NEPA implementing regulations further reflect the need for genuine public input, stating FHWA’s policy that “[p]ublic involvement and a systematic interdisciplinary approach be essential parts of the development process for proposed actions.” 23 CFR § 771.105(c). FHWA cannot seriously assert that a 60-day comment period meets its requirement to make public input an essential part of the final EIS, considering the scope and length of the DEIS.

Portland Transport is one of the 13 organizations signing on to the request…