Archive | 2009

Focus on Transportation, Health and Equity

From Coalition for a Livable Future:

Transportation Health Equity Series: Save the Date

A partnership of organizations in the Portland Metro region is proud to announce a series of events around Transportation Health Equity on January 28 and 29, 2010.

An emerging working group of Metro Portland-Vancouver organizations announce a special series of community events on the issue of Transportation, Health and Equity January 28th and January 29th, 2010. We believe the Portland Metro region is ready for a healthy, equitable, world class transportation system in which success is measured by fairness, safety, and accessibility.

We are pleased to have Shireen Malekafzali from PolicyLink, a national research and action institute advancing economic and social equity. Ms. Malekafzali is editor of Healthy Equitable Transportation Policy and The Transportation Prescription, and is working to create environmental and policy changes aimed at addressing health disparities.

The Transportation Prescription: A Dialogue with PolicyLink
Brown Bag Luncheon
Thursday, January 28th
11:30 AM -1:00 PM
OTREC, 1930 SW 4th, Suite 300, Portland, OR (tentative)
* Learning and Discussion on Opportunities to Advance Health Equity in Transportation Planning and Policy, including in the Federal Transportation Authorization.

21st Century Civil Rights: Transportation Health Equity Community Forum
Thursday, January 28th
6:00-8:00 PM
Native American Center, Portland State University
* An opportunity for diverse communities to come together to learn about how improving our transportation systems can improve our lives.

Organizing for Health Equity in Transportation
Leadership Training (Invitation only through Sponsoring Organizations)
Friday, January 29th
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
TBA Portland, OR
* A special opportunity to become more deeply educated and engaged on issues of health and equity related to transportation policy. New community activists welcome. Participants must register through one of the co-sponsoring organizations.

Co-Sponsors: OPAL (Organizing People Activating Leaders), Coalition for a Livable Future, Ride Connection, Oregon Tradeswomen Inc, Portland Transit Riders Union, Upstream Public Health, Portland State University Native American and Student Community Center. Organizations, academic and government institutions interested in co-sponsoring, please contact us.

For more information please contact Rev Joseph Santos-Lyons / 503-512-0490

Willamette Shoreline Transit Plugs Along

From Metro:

Metro and its partners continue to work to develop a transit project that meets future travel demand between Lake Oswego and Portland, supports local and regional land use plans, and garners public acceptance and community support. The transit project is now preparing a Draft Environmental Impact Statement, studying the potential benefits and impacts of three alternatives in the corridor. The DEIS analyzes the direct and indirect effects of the alternatives.

After the DEIS publication, anticipated for summer 2010, public events will offer an opportunity to share information and solicit comments about the no-build, enhanced bus and streetcar alternatives and design options based on a comparison of potential benefits and impacts. The project steering committee will rely on public input and the analysis results to select a Locally Preferred Alternative in fall 2010.

The project partners have just published the latest newsletter for the project, outlining the alternatives and design options being analyzed in the study. The newsletter has been mailed to residents and businesses in the corridor as well as people who have signed up to the project’s interested persons list and have provided their mailing addresses.

A web version of the newsletter is available at

For more information on the project, visit For questions, send e-mail to or call 503-797-1756.

Almost Official: Barbur’s Next

From Metro:

On Wednesday, Dec. 17, the High Capacity Transit Subcommittee agreed to recommend the Barbur Boulevard corridor as the next regional priority to advance to high capacity transit project development. Project development will determine the HCT option, light rail, bus rapid transit or rapid streetcar, in the vicinity of Barbur Boulevard that will offer the best transit solution. Transit in the corridor needs to meet future travel demand while promoting, encouraging and leveraging other transportation and land use investments. The subcommittee’s recommendation will be taken up by the Transportation Policy Alternatives Committee on Jan. 8.

Partnerships for Pedestrian Safety

America Walks is celebrating the work of the Willamette Pedestrian Coalition in forming partnerships to promote safety, including:

  • Share the Road Safety Class is a first-offense diversion course for road users who have impeded another’s right of way
  • Eye to Eye is a campaign that has raised awareness about our shared responsibilities on the road
  • WalkSmart Classes help senior citizens and recent immigrants feel more confident, safe and engaged as walkers
  • Safe Routes to School encourages walking and cycling through education and improved infrastructure

We are lucky to have such dedicated advocates here in Portland!

The Social Life of Transit

This evening on my streetcar ride home, a young woman attending the pastry program at the Culinary Institute boarded and shared her day’s class work with everyone around her, giving the whole train a sugar high.

Has that ever happened on your car commute?