Archive | September, 2008

CRC Advisory Panel Appointed

The Governors of Oregon and Washington have appointed a ten-member advisory panel to represent the “project sponsors” for the Columbia River Crossing.

While everyone involved is arguing that consensus is required among the group, the transportation commissions and legislatures of the two states have final decision authority.

No big surprises in the membership, but perhaps one small one. Metro is represented not by JPACT Chair Rex Burkholder, who sat on the stakeholder committee for the last several years and has been a strong project supporter, but by President David Bragdon, who was a more moderate voice crafting a compromise position and call for more local control.

It’s MTIP Time Again

Get your voice heard on how the region should allocate its flexible transportation funds.

PUBLIC COMMENT SOUGHT ON 2010-13 REGIONAL FLEXIBLE FUND ALLOCATIONS

Metro and the Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation will be seeking public comment on the allocation of regional flexible funds to be programmed in the 2010-13 Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Program. About $46.14 million is available to apportion among selected regional projects and programs, and about $21.65 million for local projects. Metro received 26 competitive applications for local projects totaling $58.52 million in requested funding. Public input is vital to informing the final project list and allocation decisions.

The formal comment period will open at noon on Oct. 13, 2008 and close at noon on Dec. 1, 2008. A basic list of projects and programs will be posted on the Metro web site at www.oregonmetro.gov/regionalflexiblefund on Sept. 11, 2008. More detailed project descriptions with an online comment form will be posted on Oct. 13, 2008, when the comment period opens. You may submit comments online or by e-mail, U.S. mail or fax anytime during the public comment period, or at any of the public listening posts listed below.

PUBLIC LISTENING POSTS

Metro is hosting the following listening posts in partnership with the Oregon Department of Transportation. At the same time that Metro is seeking public input on the regional flexible fund allocations, ODOT is seeking public comment on the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program. At these listening posts you are welcome to:
*testify before elected officials and submit written comments on projects and programs eligible for regional flexible fund allocations *testify before ODOT officials on the Region 1 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program *get more information about a range of regional planning programs and talk with technical staff.

Gresham City Hall Building
Wednesday, Oct. 15, 5 to 8 p.m.
Rooms 2A and 2B
1333 NW Eastman Parkway
MAX Blue line

Hillsboro Civic Center
Monday, Oct. 20, 5 to 8 p.m.
Room 113 B
150 E. Main St.
MAX blue line

Oregon City, Pioneer Community Center
Tuesday, Oct. 28, 5 to 8 p.m.
615 Fifth St. (at Washington)
TriMet lines 33, 34, 35 and Express 99

Metro Regional Center
Thursday, Oct. 30, 5 to 8 p.m.
Council Chamber
600 NE Grand Ave., Portland
TriMet line 6, MAX red and blue lines to Oregon Convention Center, yellow line to Rose Quarter

BE PREPARED

Oral testimony is limited to three minutes. All comments for the public record should be in writing with or without oral testimony, and must include your name and address. Convenient comment forms will be available onsite.

OTHER WAYS TO COMMENT

*Comment online at www.oregonmetro.gov/regionalflexiblefund
*Send e-mail to trans@oregonmetro.gov
*Mail written comments to Regional flexible fund comments, Metro planning, 600 NE Grand Ave, Portland, OR 97232 *Fax comments to 503-797-1930

ACCESSIBILITY

All facilities are ADA accessible. Language and signing interpretation services and devices for the hearing impaired are available with 48-hour advance notice. Please call Metro at 503-797-1551 or TDD 503-797-1804 to request these services.

For more information about the regional flexible fund allocation process, visit www.oregonmetro.gov/regionalflexiblefund or contact Pat Emmerson, public affairs specialist, 503-797-1551 or pat.emmerson@oregonmetro.gov.

Coming Up on the KBOO Bike Show: Low Car Diet and Cyclocross

Hosts Tori and Ayleen will interview participants in the Low-Car Diet program, a program that encourages people to reduce their dependence on the personal car. They will also talk about the opening of Cyclocross season.

9-10AM, Wednesday, September 3rd
KBOO FM 90.7
Streamed live at KBOO.fm
Podcast here later that day