Tomorrow the Orange Line opens. TriMet will be free for the day, and to tell you the truth, I don’t remember this much pomp and circumstance for the Green or Yellow lines. (The Red Line opening festivities, of course, were cancelled by 9/11).
But since TriMet is throwing a party, it only makes sense to compare and contrast the Orange Line with Bridgeport’s Orange Line IPA:
|Bridgeport Orange Line IPA||TriMet Orange Line|
|Made with hops.||Will not accept Hop until 2017|
|Fortunately not brewed in Milwaukee||Runs to Milwaukie|
|$4 for 22oz at the grocery store; no all-day option||$2.50 for 2 1/2 hours, $5 all day.|
|Can get you drunk||Good way to get home if you are|
|American beer has caught up to Germany in quality||American public transportation, sadly, has not.|
|Last call at 2:30 AM||Last train at 1AM|
|“Dry-hopped with Lemondrop hops for aroma…”||Smells like beer. :)|
On a more serious note….
- Our good friends over at Bike Portland are celebrating their tenth birthday.
- The Metro Policy Advisory Committee (MPAC) is supporting the proposal to not expand the UGB in 2015, albeit in a split decision.
- In somewhat related news (I say somewhat as new suburban single-family home construction is not a substitute for urban apartment buildings), the Portland Mercury reports that mass no-cause evictions (wherein a landlord evicts all the tenants in a lower-income building; does some remodeling, and then remarkets the premises to a higher-income clientele) are on the rise.
- And The Oregonian notes that Ballot Measure 47/50, which reset property tax assessments back to 1996 levels (including for new developments) has a disparate impact on the poor–as residential real estate in gentrified areas is effectively taxed well below its market value.
- While Portland continues to ponder bike share, The Transport Politic takes a look at the system being built in LA, which has several novel and important attributes: It is run by the transit agency (Metro), not by a municipal public works department; and it focuses on the job of last-mile service–many bikeshares are located at transit centers, and your transit ticket lets you “transfer” to bike and vice versa.