Western Conference Semifinals Open Thread

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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