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Your Questions for Neil – “Round 2” – The Videos – Part 4

Here is the final installment of our recent interview with Neil McFarlane, based on questions submitted by the readers of Portland Transport. Today’s Part 4 talks about future projects and other miscellaneous questions.

Parts 1 and 2 |
Part 3 | Part 4

Special thanks to multiple volunteers who have compiled transcripts of these videos. There is also an embedded closed-captioning track on the YouTube videos (Click the “CC” button on the video player to view).

Streetcar One Step Closer to Lake Oswego

The Community Advisory Committee for the Lake Oswego to Portland Transit Project has recommended the Streetcar alternative, using Macadam Avenue in Johns Landing.

The committee further recommends that the other two major alignment questions, how to route through Dunthorpe (on the existing rail right of way or on Riverwood Rd) and whether or not to dip into the Foothills area in Lake Oswego, be carried into the Final Environmental Impact Statement process.

The vote was 16 votes for Streetcar, 2 for Enhanced Bus and one for the no-build option.

The Project Management Group (staff) will make their recommendation next week, and the project steering committee (mostly elected officials) will consider both recommendations and forward a recommendation to the variety of local governments involved for final adoption.

Open Houses for Portland-to-Lake Oswego Transit DEIS

From Metro:

Metro, along with the cities of Portland and Lake Oswego, Multnomah and Clackamas counties, TriMet and ODOT, have studied transit alternatives to connect Lake Oswego with downtown Portland. The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) examines potential impacts and benefits associated with an enhanced bus alternative, streetcar alternative and a no-build alternative where existing transit service is maintained. This document will be released for public review in December.

You are invited to review the DEIS and help decision-makers as they weigh trade-offs to meet future travel demand while protecting neighborhood characteristics in the corridor. Visit an open house or attend the public hearing to learn more and share your thoughts. Comments will be accepted for 60 days after the DEIS is published (between December 3, 2010 and January 31, 2011).

Open house 4-7 p.m.
Thursday Dec. 9th
PBS Conference Center
4343 Corbett Ave., Portland

Open house 4-7 p.m.
Thursday Dec. 16
Lakewood Center for the Arts
368 S. State Street, Lake Oswego

Visit www.oregonmetro.gov/lakeoswego to learn more, comment online, find the
public hearing date or final day of the public comment period, or to see other ways to
get involved.

Email trans@oregonmetro.gov for reminders of these events and other project updates.

Portland to Lake O Transit DEIS Hits the Streets

This has already been noted on the open thread, but here’s the official notice:

DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT AND PRELIMINARY SECTION 4(F) ASSESSMENT AVAILABLE; COMMENT DEC. 3, 2010 TO JAN. 31, 2011

What kind of transit might connect the downtown of Lake Oswego and Portland in the future? Find out the alternatives and offer your comments.

Metro, along with the cities of Portland and Lake Oswego, Multnomah and Clackamas counties, TriMet and ODOT, have studied transit alternatives to connect Lake Oswego with downtown Portland. The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), including the preliminary Section 4(f) assessment with preliminary findings of de minimis impacts to public parks, examines potential impacts and benefits associated with enhanced bus, streetcar and a no-build alternative, where existing transit service is maintained. The DEIS provides information the future effects that each alternative would have on communities, traffic, travel options and the natural environment.

The DEIS is now posted on the project website, www.oregonmetro.gov/lakeoswego, and contains the same information as a CD version or hard copy of the DEIS. With this email, you have received access to the DEIS and can begin your review. Comments will be received beginning Dec. 3, 2010 through Jan. 31, 2011. The Federal Transit Administration, Metro and TriMet have issued the DEIS under the National Environmental Policy Act for the Lake Oswego to Portland Transit Project. Cooperating agencies are the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Federal Highway Administration.

You are invited to review the DEIS and help decision-makers as they weigh trade-offs to meet future travel demand while protecting neighborhood characteristics in the corridor.

**YOU’RE INVITED**
• Open house, 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday Dec. 9 | PBS Conference Center, 4343 Corbett Ave., Portland
• Open house, 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday Dec. 16 |Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State St., Lake Oswego
• Public hearing, 5 to 8 p.m. Monday Jan. 24 | Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State St., Lake Oswego

**PROVIDE COMMENTS**
Comments will be accepted during the 60-day comment period, Dec. 3, 2010 to Jan. 31, 2011.
• Email to trans@oregonmetro.gov.
• Submit online at www.oregonmetro.gov/lakeoswego, available Dec. 3.
• Mail to Lake Oswego to Portland Transit Project, 600 NE Grand Ave., Portland, OR 97232.
• Fill out a comment card at an open house.
• Testify at the public hearing.

**LEARN MORE**
• Visit www.oregonmetro.gov/lakeoswego.
• Email trans@oregonmetro.gov or call 503-797-1756 to request a CD or hard copy of the DEIS.