Archive | May, 2009

Lucky 13!

That’s how many streetcars Oregon Iron Works now has orders for.

In addition to six vehicles for Portland’s Streetcar Loop, OIW has just received an order for seven streetcars from Tuscon!

Mary Nolan is My New Hero

Not that I didn’t respect her a lot before…

Nolan (from Portland), the Oregon House Majority Leader, parted company with House Speaker Dave Hunt and voted against the Transportation bill. The bill passed anyway 38-22 (because it raises taxes, it needed a 36 vote super-majority to pass) (and somehow I suspect that if she had been vote number 36, Nolan might have voted in favor).

Other Legislators on the ‘D’ side of the House voting No were:

Ben Cannon, Portland
Brian Clem, Salem
Chris Harker, Beaverton
Jefferson Smith, Portland

The bill will now go on to the Senate. Meanwhile, Steve Duin skewers the #1 beneficiary of the bill, the Newberg-Dundee bypass, in his column today.

Coming Up on the KBOO Bike Show: Sunday Parkways

Host Sara and Beth will talk with Linda Ginenthal of PDOT and Metro Councilor Rex Burkholder about Sunday Parkways, three events this summer that will transform over 7 miles of neighborhood streets into temporary parks, so we can enjoy walking, bicycling, roller blading and dancing in the street – without having to watch out for cars!

11AM-Noon, Wednesday, June 3rd
KBOO FM 90.7
Streamed live at
Podcast here later that day