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!