Archive for September, 2012

Metro seeking applicants for Transportation Policy Advisory Committee

Posted in News on September 27th, 2012 by AROW – Comments Off on Metro seeking applicants for Transportation Policy Advisory Committee

Scott writes on Portland Transport:

It’s fall, which means that Metro is seeking citizen applicants to serve on the Transportation Policy Advisory Committee. There are four openings.

According to Metro:

TPAC is an advisory committee that reviews regional plans and federally funded transportation projects across the three-county Portland area. It advises local and regional leaders on transportation spending priorities as well as policies related to transportation, such as efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions and create communities with easy access to public transit. It also recommends needs and opportunities for involving the public in transportation matters.An essential responsibility of TPAC is to advise the Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation, JPACT, a panel of elected officials and transportation agency executives that controls federal transportation spending in the Portland area. TPAC also advises the Metro Council, which reviews and must approve all major JPACT actions.

Application materials are available here.

Reclaiming The Right of Way: Parklet Best Practices Report Released

Posted in Infrastructure, News on September 18th, 2012 by AROW – Comments Off on Reclaiming The Right of Way: Parklet Best Practices Report Released

Robin writes:

Researches from UCLA have put together a manual for how to build parklets based on best practices from the US and Canada.

From the article:

Researchers have also created a new report, “Reclaiming The Right of Way,” which compiles best practices from cities in the U.S and Canada that have implemented parklet projects in their communities. These projects, which enhance neighborhoods through low-cost, small-scale inventions, were pioneered in San Francisco but have also appeared in New York, Philadelphia, and Vancouver, B.C., among other cities.

Read further and download the report.

Big Roads, Big Changes

Posted in News on September 17th, 2012 by Nick – Comments Off on Big Roads, Big Changes

Three separate projects in mid-outer Portland are shaping up to lead the change in how we view our big roads. These are all in the early stage of development, and offer great opportunities to rally for bold change before complacency and convenience takes hold of the planning processes.

SE Foster Road (52nd – 90th): Road Diet with active transportation improvements
SE Division (60th-82nd: Road Diet from 4 to 3 lanes
NE/SE 82nd Ave: Jurisdictional transfer from ODOT

2013 could be the year we take back our streets one lane at a time, but it’s not going to be easy. Road diets are commonly faced with opposition from local residents during the planning stage, only to be turned to satisfaction and appreciation of the treatments after they are installed. Advocates and supporters of livable streets will need to show up and be heard if these are going to overcome the scepticism.

Full details of the meetings, presentations and events are below:

SE Foster Road

Foster Road Transportation and Streetscape Plan – Stakeholder Advisory Committee meeting
Date – Wednesday, September 19 at 6:00-7:30 PM at
Where – SE Works (7916 SE Foster Road, Suite 104) (TriMet bus line 14 or bus line 72).
Why – The update to the 2003 Foster Road Transportation and Streetscape Plan promises to explore options for reconfiguring the cross section to better accommodate bicyclists, pedestrians and future transit streetcar.

Stay informed:
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SE Division St

Division Street Safety Public Meeting

Date – Wednesday, September 26, 2012 / Time – Evening (time to be determined)

Where – Warner Pacific College (2600 SE 98th Avenue)
Why – Portland Bureau of Transportation wants feedback from the neighborhood on safety options for Division.

PBOT will present some alternatives for making SE Division between 60th and 82nd safer for pedestrians, bikes, and autos. One option is what is called a “road diet”. This option would involve repainting the street with three lanes (one each direction and a left turn lane), bike lanes on each side and possibly bus turn outs. With this option pedestrian islands would be possible at crosswalks (68th and at least one new crosswalk at 64th).

NE/SE 82nd Ave

NE 82nd Ave walking Tour
Date – Wednesday, Sept 19th from 6:00-8:00pm
Where – Madison High parking lot, 2735 N.E. 82nd Ave.

Why – Central Northeast Neighbors is hosting a walking tour of existing conditions and future considerations for the NE 82ndAvenue of Roses. The Bureau of Planning and SustainabilityNE District Planner will work with us along with other experts in the field to present current information. We will discuss opportunities and constraints around land use, transportation, zoning and livability of key sites along NE 82nd.

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82nd Avenue Transportation Workshop
Date – September 24 at 7:00 PM
Where – Montavilla Methodist Church – 232 SE 80th.
Why – To learn about the process needed to transfer jurisdiction of 82nd Avenue from ODOT to the City of Portland. Sponsored by the Montavilla Neighborhood Association and the 82nd Avenue Business Association. Panel will include Tom Miller, Portland’s Director of Transportation, State Senator Jackie Dingfelder, and Shelli Romero of ODOT.

Oregon Gas Use Lowest In 50 Years Because People Are Driving Less

Posted in News on September 4th, 2012 by Doug – Comments Off on Oregon Gas Use Lowest In 50 Years Because People Are Driving Less
Oregonians are driving less and less

Oregonians are driving less and less

Here’s a very short OPB article.  I downloaded the actual report, and gas use has dropped mostly because of less driving, not more fuel-efficient vehicles.

Clark Williams-Derry of the Sightline Institute conducted the report and says there are multiple reasons.

He explained, “Cars are getting a little bit more efficient, we’re tending to drive a little bit less. We are seeing gains in mass transit and alternative transportation, like bicycles. But really, behind all of these changes appears to be the rising and volatile price of gasoline.”

The report says that over the last 10 years, the miles driven per capita on state roads has fallen 13 percent; and vehicle fuel efficiency has increased a few percentage points.

As they mention, this calls into question not only the financing for major highway projects, but indeed the need for them.