Author: Zef Wagner

  • Bicycle Advocacy Volunteer Opportunity

    Hey readers, just a heads up that Hands On Greater Portland is offering a TeamWorks volunteer program starting next week based on bicycle advocacy and education. This will be a really amazing opportunity for anyone who wants to learn about and contribute to the good work of improving and expanding bicycle transportation in the Portland […]

  • Lombard Re-Imagined Open House on Tuesday, May 7th

    For the last several months, I have been working with five other PSU Master of Urban and Regional Planning students (collectively known as Swift Planning Group) on an exciting project called Lombard Re-Imagined. We have been working with the Kenton Neighborhood Association and other surrounding neighborhoods to re-imagine the unpleasant, unsafe, auto-oriented stretch of Lombard […]

  • TriMet Confirms That Orange Line Will Go Through Downtown After All, But Details Still Unclear

    Several months ago I raised my concerns about TriMet’s decision to give the upcoming Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail line its own color (the Orange Line) rather than simply extending the Yellow Line south through downtown, allowing riders to travel from one end of the region to the other on a single train. Even with the Orange […]

  • Taxi Reform Update

    As regular readers may recall, I have argued before that we should liberalize the onerous and anti-competitive regulations surrounding taxi service in Portland. Last year, the city took an important first step in revising those regulations and expanding service when it undertook a series of reforms aimed at improving worker conditions and approved new permits, […]

  • “Orange Line” Name for Portland-Milwaukie MAX: A Triumph of Marketing Over Rider Benefit

    Pop Quiz: What makes more sense? This?: Or this?: In the recent barrage of emails and press releases from TriMet regarding construction activities for Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail, I have noticed a shift in marketing for the line. The project, officially still called the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project, has long been unofficially known as the […]