Time for a Third Bridge to Vancouver

By John A. Charles, Jr. Recently a conceptual plan for a new bridge over the Columbia River was unveiled at a public forum in Vancouver, WA. The plan, presented by Florida-based Figg Engineering, calls for a four-lane bridge east of … Continue reading

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WES at 5: Still a Financial Train Wreck

By John A. Charles, Jr. February 2 marked the five-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, has emphasized the steady growth in ridership, … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Transportation, TriMet, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | 12 Comments

As TriMet Sinks, Should Portland Suburbs Go Down With the Ship?

By John A. Charles, Jr. Cascade recently released a report encouraging cities and counties to consider leaving TriMet due to its financial mismanagement. TriMet has long admitted that its labor costs are unsustainable. In addition, the agency’s addiction to costly rail … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Transportation, TriMet | Tagged , , , , | 246 Comments

Why Was Moody Avenue Shut Down―Again?

Last week, TriMet proudly announced that the tracks for Milwaukie light rail had successfully been laid in the South Waterfront district to allow light rail to cross SW Moody Avenue next to the new OHSU construction project. When finished, there … Continue reading

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Saving Transit by Shrinking TriMet

In the past eight years, the all-funds budget for TriMet has gone up by 125%, but transit service has dropped by 14%. This trend will only get worse. In what future historians likely will refer to as a suicide note, … Continue reading

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Columbia River Crossing Facts Forum

Cascade Policy Institute’s President and CEO, John Charles, will join two other experts to discuss the Columbia River Crossing project. Join other Portland and SW Washington business/property owners, elected officials and community leaders in a fact based forum to be … Continue reading

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Zoning Oregonians out of House and Home

The Oregonian writes about the failure of government policy to provide “affordable housing” in the Portland metro region. Extensive public subsidies for low-income housing have failed to ameliorate the problem, and legislative efforts to force homebuilders to provide lower-priced housing … Continue reading

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Transit Hypocrisy

Two years ago, the head of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Peter Rogoff, gave a speech to a room full of transit executives. His remarks were unusually blunt. Mr. Rogoff admitted that the transit planning process for new projects was … Continue reading

Posted by at 11:24 | Posted in Metro, Public Transportation, TriMet | Tagged , , , , | 3,144 Comments

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