The Portland Trail Blazers have won a playoff series for the first time since the Clinton Administration, so it’s time for another open thread. (Plus, the calender says its May…)
- A draft revision of the Oregon Rail Plan is now available for public review. This plan covers all varieties of freight rail, Amtrak and inter-city passenger rail (Amtrak, commuter rail, HSR). It doesn’t cover light rail, streetcars, or other non-FRA urban transit, however.
- The long-delayed, way over budget, Pioneer Mountain/Eddyville project on Highway 20 between Newport and Corvallis, is set to resume.
- Speaking of project management disasters, the latest on Seattle’s Deep Bore Tunnel project.
- Oregon’s primary election is Tuesday, May 20; registered voters should now have received ballots in the mail.
- TriMet is going full bore with its Service Enhancement Plans, and is seeking input now for four regions (Southwest, Southeast, Eastside, and North/Central). The Westside region (mainly Beaverton and Hillsboro) is mostly complete.
- C-TRAN looking at a fare increase. (Even with the proposed increase, C-TRAN fares will be cheaper than TriMet).
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Former Congressman Jim Oberstar, long a friend to active transportation, has died. He was 79.
A couple relevant stories from the Oregonian today: According to a report, 2/3 of high school students in Portland Public Schools use TriMet to get to and from school (YouthPass funding is, once again, being debated), and Joseph Rose reports that if the federal Highway Trust Fund runs dry this summer (which it will without additional revenues), numerous road projects in Oregon could be delayed or cancelled.
Today’s xkcd is amusing and slightly on-topic.
After King County voters defeated a tax proposal last month designed to prevent service cuts to King County Metro, the city of Seattle is floating a plan to tax itself to stave off transit cuts within the city. (Seattle voters supported the prior tax measure, but voters in the suburban parts of the county voted no).
Something I missed last week: TriMet is proposing to lower youth fares. (It will also reduce its subsidy of YouthPass by an equivalent amount, so that the net effect on the program is a wash).
the net effect on the budget may be a wash, but the net effect is not a wash as YouthPass is only for Portland Public Schools. Young folks that don’t get YouthPass now will get a discount with the new fares
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More fun and games in TriMet vs ATU:
* Last week, TriMet declared an impasse in the negotiations for a new contract to replace the one that expired in 2012.
* Today, ATU 757 files an unfair labor practice complaint. At the present time, there’s no nice URL to link to, but the following was posted to the Transit Voice Facebook page (it’s a Facebook link, so don’t click if you’re allergic):