Last Wednesday, Chris sat down with TriMet’s Neil McFarlane for a discussion focused on your questions. This has become a sort of annual tradition for Portland Transport, and this year we were very pleased to be hosted by the Portland Opera – the Opera headquarters is located on the east bank of the Willamette just inches (48 to be specific) from the new transit/bike/ped bridge currently under construction.
The interview session is divided into four videos. We’ll be posting one a day this week – here’s Part 1:
Part 1 is mainly about high-capacity projects, now and in the future. Here’s some of the questions addressed:
- Will the new bridge be open for bikes and peds before transit operations begin?
- How will the “Orange Line” be operated? Will it interline with the Yellow Line?
- What is the fate of high capacity to Clark County now that the CRC is officially dead?
- How does the vote in Tigard affect SW Corridor planning? What’s TriMet’s view on what the ballot measure means?
- Is a transit tunnel serving OHSU still on the table
- Is the Powell/Division corridor being positioned to leapfrog the SW Corridor project?
- Does TriMet have a strong modal preference (BRT, LRT) for the Powell/Division project?
- Part 1 of 4 – High-Capacity Projects
- Part 2 of 4 – Ridership / Operations / Budget
- Part 3 of 4 – Service Planning
- Part 4 of 4 – Potpourri
Check out Neil’s responses in the video and give us your take in the comments.