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Van versus Plane

As noted in the Portland Business Journal, Shuttle Express is going to try to give Horizon Air a run for their money on the Portland-Seattle route:

Shuttle Express will use six passenger “luxury vans” for the service. The vans include leather captain chairs, Wi-Fi service, DVD/CD/TV monitors and coffee service.

$180 for a roundtrip.

The I-5 Slog

Hat tip to the reader who forwarded a link to the “I-5 Slog” web site set up by Horizon Air.

The site describes the trip from Portland to Seattle on I-5 as the “the longest 3-hour drive in American History”.

What a great ad for high-speed rail :-)

The Perfect Transit System?

  • Two way loop route
  • 2 minute headways!
  • Grade-separated, dedicated right-of-way
  • No opertator in the vehicle (think of the cost savings)
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  • Two way loop route
  • 2 minute headways!
  • Grade-separated, dedicated right-of-way
  • No opertator in the vehicle (think of the cost savings)

SkyLink at DFW (at 5am, and I was just as bleery-eyed as my fellow travelers).

Points off for sudden acceleration and vibration.

The Higher Mode

We don’t often talk about transportation by air, but the Daily Business Journal had an interview late last week with Mary Maxwell, the Director of Aviation at the Port of Portland. It was a good reminder of the importance of aviation to the economy in our region.

There’s some discussion of the Port’s Hillsboro Airport. I’ve always wondered if folks like Intel couldn’t find a way to run air freight of high-value cargo out of Hillsboro. Given all the “cost of congestion” discussion, that would seem to me like a serious question.

On a separate note, the Business Journal has a brief note that the Port is installing a new system in its PDX parking structure to direct motorists to empty spaces with electronic signs.