Randal O’Toole Pioneers the Future of Tolling

With his signature colonel ties and a home address in Camp Sherman, Randal O’Toole certainly projects the image of a pioneer, but in the case of testing out the future of transportation financing, he’s as much substance as style. The Beaver … Continue reading

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A Shaky Assumption?

Earlier this week Nigel Jaquiss wrote that the proposition a “growing population means more traffic” is a shaky assumption. I admire his making a contrarian point, and I’ve long been an admirer of his writing for Willamette Week, but let’s subject that … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Employment, ODOT, Public Transportation, Transportation, TriMet | Tagged | 3 Comments

Is the Governor Serious About Transportation?

The legislature is going big on transportation infrastructure improvements, hopefully before it goes home. The Joint Committee On Transportation Preservation and Modernization has released the broad outline of a ten-year plan to relieve congestion across the Beaver State, which is … Continue reading

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Transportation Bait and Switch

Democrats love to promise “infrastructure spending,” a phrase ripe with the logical fallacy of equivocation where a loaded term means different things. For many businesses across our state, infrastructure most readily means expanding freeway capacity in the Portland area so that our … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Columbia River Crossing, Oregon House, Portland, Transportation, Westside Bypass | 2 Comments

WES Is an Energy Hog

By Allison Coleman In 2009 the regional transit agency, TriMet, opened a commuter rail line running from Wilsonville to Beaverton. The line is known as the Westside Express Service, or WES. According to transit advocates, commuter rail would help reduce … Continue reading

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Portland’s Regional Transit Strategy Is Not Working

By John A. Charles, Jr. The Portland Auditor released the 2016 Annual Community Survey on November 30. The responses show that the share of all commute trips taken by public transit fell 17% during the past year. This was part … Continue reading

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Uber Translated: Better Service for the Underserved

By Lydia White It’s not news that free-market visionaries provide better service than their corrupt competitors, but big government advocates are reluctant to admit it, even when such enterprise benefits their causes. Ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft provide cheaper, … Continue reading

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Light Rail to Bridgeport Village: The Dumbest Train Project Yet

By John A. Charles, Jr. TriMet and Metro are promoting the idea of a new light rail line from Portland State University to the Bridgeport Village shopping mall in Tualatin. The question is, who would ride it? We already know … Continue reading

Posted by at 04:30 | Posted in 2016 Election, Initiative & Referendum, Metro, Public Transportation, Taxes, Transportation, TriMet | Tagged | Leave a comment

MAX at 30: Portland Transit Needs a New Plan

By John A. Charles, Jr. September 5 marked the official 30th anniversary of the opening of TriMet’s light rail system. Like many Portland residents, I took a free ride that day and felt that this was a big step forward … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Metro, Political Correctness, Portland, Portland Politics, Public Transportation, Transportation | Tagged , , | 5 Comments

ODOT’s fiscal cliff explained

by Sen. Doug Whitsett Oregon has been spent into a monumental, multi-agency, multi-billion dollar budgetary hole during the past several legislative sessions. The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is among the state agencies facing the worst financial challenges for the … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:33 | Posted in State Budget, State Taxes, Transportation | 3 Comments

Voters Decided to Leave Themselves Stranded by the Side of the Road

By Steve Buckstein In the month since voters in Austin, Texas upheld new city regulations on ridesharing companies like Uber, the law of unintended consequences has been confirmed. Austin’s highly regulated taxi industry got the city to impose strict regulations … Continue reading

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“Beyond Traffic” Has a Different Meaning in Portland

By John A. Charles, Jr. Originally published June 22 Portland is one of seven cities still in the running for a $50 million grant as part of the “Beyond Traffic” challenge sponsored by the federal Department of Transportation. While the idea of … Continue reading

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Call for repeal of LCFS hidden gas tax ahead of 2017 Transportation Package

Oregon Senate Republicans Salem, Ore. – Yesterday, the Oregon Senate Republican Leadership Team sent a letter to Governor Kate brown urging her to protect struggling Oregonians by repealing the Low Carbon Fuel Standard before passing a transportation package in the … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:25 | Posted in Gov. Kate Brown, Green Energy, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Senate, State Taxes, Transportation | 12 Comments

TriMet’s Edifice Complex

By John A. Charles, Jr. Recently TriMet announced that after two years of planning for an expensive new “bus rapid transit” line from Gresham to Portland, the new service would actually take 8-11 minutes longer than current buses. Over in … Continue reading

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Where Did President Obama Stay in Cuba?

By Steve Buckstein Last week, Barack Obama became the first U.S. President in nearly 90 years to visit the country of Cuba. While security concerns may have prevented him staying in a private home rented through Airbnb, he would have had … Continue reading

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Portland Chases Another Dream

By John A. Charles, Jr. The U.S. Department of Transportation announced last week that Portland is one of seven cities still in the running for a $50 million grant as part of DOT’s “Smart Cities” challenge. Portland is proposing to build … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Government Waste, Political Correctness, Portland, Portland Politics, Progressivism, Transportation | Tagged , , , | 6 Comments

WES at 7: Still a Financial Train Wreck

By John A. Charles, Jr. February marks the seven-year anniversary of the Westside Express Service (WES), the 15-mile commuter rail line that runs from Wilsonville to Beaverton. While the train’s owner, TriMet, promotes WES as a transit success story, the … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Metro, Oregon Government, Political Correctness, Portland Politics, Public Transportation, Taxes, Transportation, TriMet | Tagged , , | 5 Comments

Bud Pierce: Solving Oregon’s transportation woes

Bud Pierce for Governor Unlike many public policy or political issues, the transportation issue gets personal in a hurry, especially if you’re a Portland area commuter. You see it (and you’re stuck in it) almost every day as you head … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:27 | Posted in 2016 Election, Gov. Kate Brown, Transportation | 46 Comments

New Transportation Funding Bill: Going Nowhere FAST

By John A. Charles, Jr. Earlier this month, Congress passed H.R. 22, a five-year transportation funding bill known as Fixing America’s Surface Transportation, or FAST. Under the terms of FAST, the federal Highway Trust Fund will take in about $208 billion … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Congress, Economy, Federal Budget, Federal Government, Taxes, Transportation | Tagged , , , | 14 Comments

The Futility of Public Hearings

By John A. Charles, Jr. Over the past four years, TriMet and Metro have been planning something called the SW Corridor Project. Metro describes it as a multi-modal project featuring new transit capacity, local street improvements, and enhancements to trails, … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Ethics, Land Use Laws, Metro, Portland, Portland Politics, Public Transportation, Transparency, Transportation, TriMet | Tagged , , | 3 Comments

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