Transportation package: A major failure

This entire Legislative Session has been pretty much defined by politics winning out over policy Environmental groups rejected bipartisan plan that almost doubled the level of carbon reduction because they were more interested in the carbon trading program (that would … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:22 | Posted in Energy, Environment, Global Warming, Gov. Kate Brown, Leadership, OR 78th Legislative Session, Public Transportation, Transportation | 11 Comments

TriMet’s Great Disappearing Act

By John A. Charles, Jr. During the 2003 session of the Oregon State Legislature, TriMet sought an increase in the regional payroll tax rate. In public testimony, TriMet General Manager Fred Hansen said, “TriMet’s proposed payroll tax increase will be … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Government Spending, Government Waste, Local Taxes, Oregon Government, Portland, Portland Politics, Public Transportation, State Government, State Taxes, Taxes, Transparency, Transportation, TriMet, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

Cascade Report Exposes $2.6 Billion in Unfunded Liabilities

By Kathryn Hickok Cascade Policy Institute has released a new report showing that Oregon public employers have more than $2.6 billion in unfunded actuarially accrued liabilities associated with non-pension benefits promised to current and future retirees. Referred to as “Other … Continue reading

Posted by at 01:14 | Posted in Economy, Government reform, Government Spending, Leadership, Oregon Government, Oregon House, Oregon Senate, PERS, Portland, Portland Politics, Public Employee Unions, Public Employees Retirement System, Public Transportation, State Budget, State Government, Taxes, Transportation, TriMet | Tagged , , , , | 12 Comments

Portland’s Streetcar Audit: What Went Wrong?

By Matthew Hayes Earlier this month, auditors released a report questioning the Portland Streetcar’s performance. Ridership counts were inflated by 19%. Several additional metrics, including hourly vehicle operating costs and on-time performance, were either unreported or deemed not suitable for … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Metro, Portland, Portland Politics, Public Transportation, Transportation, TriMet | Tagged , , , | 557 Comments

TriMet Violates Clean Air Act While “Regulators” Stay Silent

By John A. Charles, Jr. In previous decades the Portland region failed to meet national air quality standards for carbon monoxide pollution and was designated a “non-attainment” area under the federal Clean Air Act. As a result, the region was … Continue reading

Posted by at 03:51 | Posted in Columbia River Crossing, Environment, Federal Government, Metro, Portland, Portland Politics, Public Transportation, Transportation, TriMet | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 248 Comments

TriMet Finally Admits Rail Problems

By John A. Charles, Jr. Earlier this week, I wrote on Oregon Catalyst about the problems TriMet is having with its constantly failing rail system. On Wednesday, TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane announced that the agency is hiring an outside … Continue reading

Posted by at 04:35 | Posted in Leadership, Portland, Portland Politics, Public Transportation, Transportation, TriMet | Tagged , , , , | 402 Comments

The Chronic Failure of Rail Transit

By John A. Charles, Jr. The local transit agency, TriMet, likes to claim that continued expansion of the regional rail system is critical because rail has operational cost savings over buses. Unfortunately, this assertion overlooks a glaring problem: The rail … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Portland, Portland Politics, Public Transportation, TriMet | Tagged , , , , | 235 Comments

The Portland Streetcar: Time to Reset the Vision

By John A. Charles, Jr. If some Portlanders are confused about why we have a 19th century trolley operating in a 21st century city, they are not alone. City leaders are confused as well. According to the Streetcar Concept Plan … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Energy, Environment, Government Spending, Government Waste, Green Energy, Leadership, Local Taxes, Metro, Oregon Government, Portland, Portland Politics, Public Transportation, State Budget, State Government, Taxes, Transportation, TriMet | Tagged , , , , , | 35 Comments

The Columbia River Crossing Takes Another Blow

Early in comedian Steve Martin’s career, while he was still performing on Saturday Night Live he created a bit that has become part of cultural history: “You say, Steve, how can I be a millionaire and never pay taxes?” Martin’s … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Columbia River Crossing, Leadership, Liberalism, Oregon Government, Portland Politics, Public Transportation | 422 Comments

Sen. Doug Whitsett: Concerns with the CRC

by Sen. Doug Whitsett There is little doubt that something needs to be done to improve traffic flow on Interstate 5 across the Columbia River. The current levels of traffic congestion, delays and the number of vehicle crashes are unacceptable. The … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Columbia River Crossing, OR 77th Legislative Session, Public Transportation, Transportation | 8 Comments

Mythbusting at OMSI – Part 2: Earth Hall

by Eric Shierman In a follow up to my article last week about a trip to see the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry’s Mythbusters exhibit where I noticed some mythbusting of OMSI’s own at Life Hall, I also noticed … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Energy, Environment, Public Transportation | 918 Comments

The end of TriMet’s failed Fareless Square experiment

by Eric Shierman As this month comes to an end so too will end Portland’s 37-year experiment in fare-free public transportation. The last vestige of Fareless Square, known today as the Free Rail Zone, will come to an end. Perhaps … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Public Transportation, TriMet | Tagged , | 423 Comments

The New Sellwood Bridge: Subsidizing the Two Percenters

By Michael Nielsen For more than six years, Multnomah County has been considering how best to replace the Sellwood Bridge. The plan that has been adopted calls for removing the current bridge and replacing it with a new one that … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Public Transportation, Transportation | Tagged , , , | 34 Comments

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