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Your Questions for Neil: The Cycle

It’s a bit late this year, but it is now time for the fourth installment of Portland Transport’s annual interview with TriMet general manager Neil McFarlane. (The previous installments–including introductory threads, and links to videos and transcripts, can be found at this Google search; I’m too lazy to link to all of it now…)

Anyway, the format is (mostly) the same: Readers are encouraged to submit questions here, and in the third week of April we’ll sit down with Neil and present a subset of the questions to him. The interview will only go for about an hour, so not all questions may be asked; in addition, the interviewer (Chris) may ask follow-ups. Tough questions are more than welcome; though all questions must be civil. Bob R. will video the interview session, and videos of the interviews will be posted here on Portland Transport. All relevant material will be kept, though some editing may be done to the video footage–in particular, questions may be organized into themes and presented in a different order than they actually occurred. Time permitting, transcripts will be prepared, though we may seek volunteers for some of the transcription work, and transcripts may not be posted simultaneously with the video.

I don’t know if Neil McFarlane reads the questions posted here beforehand, but assume he does–he has every right to do so and makes no pledge otherwise. This is one reason Chris will frequently ask follow-ups not posted here.

The floor is now open for your questions and suggestions.

Your Questions for Neil — The Trilogy

It’s that time of the year again–time for Portland Transport’s annual sit-down with TriMet general manager Neil McFarlane, We hosted previous interviews with Neil last spring, as well as in July 2010, right after he took office. (The results of those interviews can be seen here and here).

And now, it is time for Round 3. At this time, I would like to open the floor for proposed questions for Neil McFarlane–simply post a comment to pose a question. Anything which is relevant to transportation, mobility, and land-use is fair game, including controversial topics such as the recent fare hikes and service reductions, the ongoing labor dispute with ATU 757, or capital projects past, present, and future. Questions should be brief and to the point, and civil. Due to time constraints, not all questions may be asked; we may condense or compile the questions as necessary, but intend to ask a representative samle. The interviewer may elect to go off on tangents or pose follow-up questions as necessary.

The interview will be conducted in mid-March; Chris Smith will be conducting the interviews this time around. Bob Richardson, as always, will be behind the camera and will handle the post-production of the videos. After the interviews are conducted and edited, they will be uploaded to Youtube (broken up into manageable-sized chunks, in large part due to Youtube’s limitations on clip length), and articles linking to them will be posted here. Time permitting, we may transcribe some of the articles, for those who prefer to read or watch; we may also solicit volunteers for this as well.

The floor is now open!