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

ODOT cover-up is evidence of continued corruption in state government

Bud Pierce for Governor SALEM, Ore. – Oregon gubernatorial candidate Bud Pierce will join Oregon Republican leaders in calling for the immediate resignation of the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Director Matthew Garrett. Evidence shows Garrett and members of Governor … Continue reading

Posted by at 08:19 | Posted in 2016 Election, Cylvia Hayes, Ethics, Gov. Kate Brown, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government corruption, Green Energy, Transportation | 2 Comments

Senate GOP Leader calls for immediate resignation of ODOT Director

Senator Ted Ferrioli Documents Show ODOT Director Matt Garrett Failed to Notify Lawmakers of Key Details Involving Transportation Negotiations Salem, Ore. – Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day) yesterday called for the immediate resignation of Oregon Department of Transportation … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Gov. Kate Brown, OR 78th Legislative Session, Transportation | 13 Comments

The Western Arterial: Makes Sense!

by Ron Swaren Gridlock on the Interstate 5 (and I-205) highway through Portland continues at epidemic levels. I was out there on three afternoons last week and noticed it seemed to start earlier now, too. As early as 1 pm … Continue reading

Posted by at 01:12 | Posted in Columbia River Crossing, Transportation | 7 Comments

Tilikum Crossing: More Punishment for Motorists

By John A. Charles, Jr. The new bridge over the Willamette River, TriMet’s Tilikum Crossing, opened for business on September 12. With beautiful weather and parties at every stop of the Orange MAX line, a good time was had by … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Public Transportation, Transportation, TriMet | Tagged , , , | 9 Comments

Transportation package essential to Oregon’s future

by Sid Leiken As co-chair of the Association of Oregon Counties (AOC) Transportation Committee and member of the National Association of Counties Transportation Committee, I, along with my colleagues – comprising of Oregon’s County Commissioners and County Judges – submitted … Continue reading

Posted by at 12:08 | Posted in 2016 Election, Oregon Secretary of State, Transportation | 4 Comments

Oregonians need a transportation package now, not in 2017

Oregon Senate Republicans California Billionaire Tom Steyer’s Role in Demise of Transportation Package Reveals Democrat Corruption  Salem, OR – As the six-month filing period for state office opened on Thursday, Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day) has a message … Continue reading

Posted by at 06:58 | Posted in Gov. Kate Brown, OR 78th Legislative Session, Transportation | 2 Comments

The Extinction of Public Transit

By Emma Newman Uber and Lyft have recently gained over 50 percent of the taxi market in Portland. This is especially notable as Portland was initially hostile to ridesharing companies, to the point of filing a lawsuit against Uber late … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Environment, Portland, Portland Politics, Public Transportation, Transportation | Tagged , , , , , , , | 14 Comments

Does PCC-Sylvania Need a Light Rail Tunnel?

By Emma Newman Metro and TriMet are jointly considering an expansion of the light rail system to PCC-Sylvania in SW Portland, by building a tunnel to the campus from Barbur Boulevard. The tunneling would have a significant impact on the … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Metro, Portland, Portland Politics, Public Transportation, Transportation, TriMet | Tagged , , , , , , | 22 Comments

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

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