Archive | March, 2009

Update on Transportation at the Legislature

Portland State University
Center for Transportation Studies
Spring 2009 Transportation Seminar Series

Speakers: Olivia Clark (TriMet), Chris Hagerbaumer (Oregon Environmental
Council) and Randy Tucker (Metro)

Topic: Mid-Session Update on Oregon’s Transportation Legislation

When: Thursday, April 2nd, 2009, 8:00am

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

Description: This seminar is an opportunity for transportation professionals and others to learn about how transportation legislation is developing this session in Salem. Since Gov. Kulongoski unveiled the Jobs and Transportation Act in November, transportation was going to be a major theme for the 2009 session. Come and hear several experts – Olivia Clark (TriMet), Chris Hagerbaumer (OEC) and Randy Tucker (Metro) – share their perspectives on the legislation as it is shaping up.
Please join us in person or through the live webinar.

Anti-CRC Rally Details Confirmed

From the Coalition for a Livable Future. The BTA joins the call and suggests folks contact their State Legislators to make their feelings know and ask Legislators their position.

CRC Opposition and Alternatives Rally, Noon on April 5th at Waterfront Park
Mark Your Calendars!

What: Rally to demand viable alternatives to a 12 lane Columbia River Crossing bridge
When: Sunday, April 5th at noon.
Where: Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland, just north of the Hawthorne Bridge
Special Guest Speakers: Former Secretary of State Bill Bradbury, Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz, and others

The Opposition and Alternatives Rally is our chance to speak out to stop funding for the Columbia River Crossing project in its current 12 lane form, and to demand alternatives that are fiscally responsible AND address the environmental and livability issues affecting the region. A $4.2 billion dollar, 12 lane mega-bridge is not the solution to congestion. The CRC is 20th Century thinking applied to a very different world today. This project promotes single occupancy vehicle use, invites unchecked sprawl to southern Washington, harms the health of our neighborhoods, and creates gridlock into the heart of Portland.

Volunteers Needed!

Looking to get more involved in the rally? If interested, please email Amanda (amanda@clfuture.org) with your name, contact info (email and phone), and how you would like to be involved (postcards, table, buttons any other ideas).

AARP Joins T4America

Hmmm… Can we assemble enough constituencies to really make a different transportation agenda happen?

From the press release:

AARP Joins the Transportation for America Campaign, Seeks Transportation Reform To Help Americans Live Well Independently

Source: AARP Press Center | 2009-03-24
Nancy Thompson
202-434-2560

AARP Joins the Transportation for America Campaign, Seeks Transportation Reform To Help Americans Live Well Independently

As Congress debates budget priorities, AARP this week joined the Transportation for America Campaign endorsing its call for renewal of our national transportation program for the 21st Century. Following is a statement by AARP Executive Vice President for Social Impact Nancy LeaMond:

“AARP is delighted to join T4America, the Transportation for America Campaign, an impressive group of organizations, elected officials and businesses with the shared goal of building a modernized infrastructure to support livable communities where people can live, work and play. America is aging rapidly and transportation policy and spending must acknowledge this demographic shift. The upcoming transportation authorization can help the nation prepare both for its graying years and a greener future by making roads safer for drivers of all ages and also offering more user friendly options for pedestrians and transit users.

“In 2030 nearly 71 million people will have reached age 65+, doubling the retirement age population since 2000. Seventy-eight million Boomers born between 1946 and 1964 began turning 62 this year and the last of this group will turn 65 in 2029. In order to help them reach their goal of moving about safely into their 70’s, 80’s, and beyond, federal, state, and local policymakers need to improve the safety of roads, bridges, and sidewalks, but also improve the availability and accessibility of public transportation and paratransit services.

“AARP looks forward to working with T4America, Congress and the Obama administration to advance a transportation system that provides mobility for all regardless of age or functional ability.”