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How London deals with 4 inches of snow

It turns out that Portland isn’t the only place with problems dealing with record snowstorms. Via the International Herald Tribune

Nothing moved. Everything that could go wrong did go wrong. Planes didn’t fly, the city’s landmark red buses didn’t run, trains never showed up, traffic didn’t flow, and no one, of course, could find a taxi.

Transit officials had nearly a week to prepare for the widely predicted storm, called the worst in nearly two decades, but they failed to maintain a semblance of normalcy in the capital.

The misery went far beyond London’s aged Underground subway system. The capital’s airports briefly shut down, with more than 700 flights canceled throughout the day and thousands of passengers stranded. And the city’s extensive bus network was completely closed during the morning rush hour because of the snow and ice.

Roadways remained opened but colossal traffic jams developed because of fender benders and more serious accidents.

Mayor Boris Johnson, facing his first major City Hall crisis, conceded the city did not have the snowmoving equipment needed to keep rail and road traffic flowing in the face of the heaviest snowfall in 18 years.

Metro managing all the bridges?

The City of Fairview has passed a resolution requesting that Metro coordinate the repairs on all the Willamette River bridges including the Sellwood bridge:

Metro is a natural fit, he said, because of its three-county reach and because it already handles transportation planning and selects projects to receive some federal transportation funds.

“No matter who puts a bridge up, Metro would be involved,” Weatherby said. “To create a separate and independent bridge authority would create a new layer of bureaucracy. If you already have an agency whose apparatus is there, you get a running start.”

Multnomah County floated the idea to create an independent regional bridge authority as part of its plan to raise the car registration fee to help pay for a new Sellwood Bridge. The plan was shelved in February, after votes against the fee increase by city leaders in Gresham, Troutdale and Maywood Park.

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