Open Thread for the Week of 9/15/13

A few tidbits to start the conversation:

11 Comments

11 Responses to Open Thread for the Week of 9/15/13

  1. Adron "Transit Sleuth" Hall
    September 15, 2013 at 8:51 pm Link

    Hey Chris, thanks for the mention! If anybody takes a view of that, be sure to leave a comment or two about what you’d like to see in future episodes! :)

  2. EngineerScotty
    September 16, 2013 at 3:10 pm Link

    Another major rail construction project is about to start… at the zoo.

  3. Douglas K.
    September 17, 2013 at 9:01 am Link

    Short articleon the record of BRT and streetcars in spurring economic development.

  4. David J
    September 17, 2013 at 11:33 am Link

    Hi everyone! I would like getting to know about any words about articulated buses? separately, and electric trolleybuses? Please let me know! Thanks. Thumb up !!!

  5. al m
    September 17, 2013 at 1:25 pm Link

    The above article deserves more of a description than ‘short article’

    The glaring exception is Portland, Oregon, where one study found that streetcars did contribute $778 million in local development against a project cost of $95 million [PDF]. But while the Portland streetcar was the anchor or at least the featured element of this growth, it wasn’t responsible for this boom by itself. Rather, it was part of a broader development plan in which zoning, public-private investment, street upgrades, and other renewal efforts also played considerable roles.

    So for now, the research advantage clearly goes to BRT

  6. EngineerScotty
    September 17, 2013 at 4:13 pm Link

    A few users have lost tickets with the new TriMet mobile ticketing app by uninstalling and re-installing the software.

    TriMet with more information and tips here: https://trimet.transitsherpa.com/

  7. Lenny Anderson
    September 18, 2013 at 7:42 am Link

    Read the very thoughtful comments on the Streetcar vs BRT article cited above. Its “apples to oranges” in my view. I notice that over 13K times every day someone boards Streetcar here in Portland, more than all but two bus lines, so it must be doing something! As Lloyd and Central Eastside get built out and the Loop is completed, ridership will really take off. But it should be free…underwritten by parking meters in lieu of fares and by TriMet…at the same ratio as average Frequent Bus lines.

  8. EngineerScotty
    September 20, 2013 at 2:22 pm Link

    TriMet is looking into CNG-powered busses.

  9. EngineerScotty
    September 21, 2013 at 3:18 pm Link

    The Zombie-CRC clears another minor hurdle, when the Washington State AG concludes that Oregon can legally build an operate a bridge on Washington soil without any Legislative approval, so long as Washington funds are not used.

  10. al m
    September 22, 2013 at 1:42 pm Link

    The Zombie-CRC clears another minor hurdle, when the Washington State AG concludes that Oregon can legally build an operate a bridge on Washington soil without any Legislative approval, so long as Washington funds are not used.

    ~~~>As you can see the folks in Washington State are not as stupid as some people thought they were

  11. al m
    September 22, 2013 at 1:44 pm Link

    “””Read the very thoughtful comments on the Streetcar vs BRT article cited above. Its “apples to oranges” in my view.”””

    ~~~~> Of course you think that! I knew that already!

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