Archive | November, 2010

OPB’s “Think Out Loud” program to cover TriMet woes

Oregon Public Broadcasting doing a show on TriMet’s budget and service woes, featuring several local notables.

Tuesday’s edition of Think Out Loud, a public-affairs program produced by Oregon Public Broadcasting, will be all about TriMet and the recent debate concerning its budget and its choices regarding bus and rail service. The panel will feature the following guests (list cribbed from OPB website)

  • Neil McFarlane: TriMet General Manager
  • Michael Anderson: Editor of Portland Afoot
  • Carlotta Collette: Interim Metro President, District 2 councilor and lead councilor on the High Capacity Transit System Plan
  • Jon Ostar: Environmental law attorney and co-director of OPAL
  • Andy Vobora: Director of service planning, accessibility and marketing for the Lane Transit District

The show will be broadcast Tuesday, November 30 from 9-10 on KOPB 91.5 FM, and rebroadcast at 9 that evening; after broadcast the show will be made available online at OPB’s archives.

Open Houses for Portland-to-Lake Oswego Transit DEIS

From Metro:

Metro, along with the cities of Portland and Lake Oswego, Multnomah and Clackamas counties, TriMet and ODOT, have studied transit alternatives to connect Lake Oswego with downtown Portland. The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) examines potential impacts and benefits associated with an enhanced bus alternative, streetcar alternative and a no-build alternative where existing transit service is maintained. This document will be released for public review in December.

You are invited to review the DEIS and help decision-makers as they weigh trade-offs to meet future travel demand while protecting neighborhood characteristics in the corridor. Visit an open house or attend the public hearing to learn more and share your thoughts. Comments will be accepted for 60 days after the DEIS is published (between December 3, 2010 and January 31, 2011).

Open house 4-7 p.m.
Thursday Dec. 9th
PBS Conference Center
4343 Corbett Ave., Portland

Open house 4-7 p.m.
Thursday Dec. 16
Lakewood Center for the Arts
368 S. State Street, Lake Oswego

Visit to learn more, comment online, find the
public hearing date or final day of the public comment period, or to see other ways to
get involved.

Email for reminders of these events and other project updates.

Another Transportation Appliance In the Wild

SDC10789 - Copy

This holiday season, I’m thankful for the assistance of the PBOT Signals Group (the same folks who bring you Traffic Signals and Street Lighting) who figured out how to help us get a Transit Appliance into the lobby of the Portland Building without violating any City network security policies!

The appliance will be beaming bus and MAX arrivals for several blocks surrounding the building into the lobby (you can see below what it sees). Hopefully this is the second of many to come…

By the way, Best Buy has dropped the price of the Infocast unit to $129.99 for the holidays. Something else to be thankful for!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Fungible Parking?

I ran across an interesting pair of blog posts last week on the “Reinventing Parking” blog.

One asks whether government could tone down the idea of “parking minimums” (parking that is required to be built as part of a new development) by requiring instead that developers simply identify features of their project that could be converted to parking if the demand requires it. The requirement would be shifted from a “parking minimum” to “potential parking“.

The second idea is the converse of this, which is that when building new parking, there should be an identified plan for how it could be turned into something else.

Portland is pretty aggressive about having low parking minimums (zero if you’re close to transit) but even here as we think about how we allocate space while planning for a future forseen by our Climate Action Plan where there will be a lot less driving, I wonder if these wouldn’t be interesting tools to bake into the Portland Plan.