Archive | October, 2009

Can We Get a Little Help Here?

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Above are two photos of the little signage frames that TriMet puts on bus stop poles when there is no shelter or other opportunity for larger signage.

In the first case, the frame is empty, although someone has helpfully scratched the Transit Tracker ID number onto the glass. In the other, there is an update route description (and stop ID number) but the the glass has grafitti.

I can imagine it’s difficult for TriMet to maintain info on thousands of poles. So why not have an ‘adopt-a-stop’ program and get community members to take on responsibility for maintaining some of these? All it would take is:

1) Sending the frame key to the volunteer
2) A web page where the volunteer can download a current PDF file of the correct info to print out
3) A database so that TriMet can e-mail the volunteer when the info for the stop has changed so they can update the display

I’ll bet that neighborhood associations and business associations would help recruit the volunteers.

Anyone at TriMet want to run with this? We’ll help promote it here at Portland Transport!

I-5/99W Connector Continues to Struggle

Unfortunately it does not appear to be online, but yesterday the O reported that Wilsonville and Clackamas County are insisting on a study for what the connector would do to capacity on I-5, while Washington County wants to move the process forward without such a study.

Time to Reboot the RTP?

Do we need to try again on Metro’s Regional Transportation Plan?

Last week we discussed the lukewarm response from progressive transportation advocates, now we have more specifics:

  • Mayor Adams has tweeted that the plan fails to meet the goals of the Portland/Multnomah County Climate Action Plan.
  • Members of the Sustainability Commission have expressed concern that the plan not only fails to decrease greenhouse gas emissions, but in fact increases emissions over the no-build scenario.
  • Coalition for a LIvable Future has released a detailed critique (PDF, 324K).

CLF’s overall criticisms include:

  • Too much emphasis on road expansion (even without the Columbia River Crossing)
  • Increases in greenhouse gases
  • Lack of equity

and some specific items:

  • Washington County is trying to build its way out of congestion
  • Portland’s Streetcar expansion needs to happen at the edges as well as the center of the City
  • TriMet is failing to provide sufficient operating funding for buses

Local leaders should insist that our transportation investments decrease greenhouse gases rather than increase them!