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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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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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

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Time to “Uberize” the Transportation Economy

By John A. Charles, Jr. We are now two weeks into a 120-day “pilot project” by the City of Portland to allow private car-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft to legally compete with cab companies. Given the consumer demand for … Continue reading

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The Regime Trembles at the Sight of a Smartphone

By Steve Buckstein “The regime trembles at the sight of a smartphone.”* That quote comes from Portland-based independent journalist and world traveler Michael J. Totten. One might guess that he wrote it about Portland’s city government and its aversion to … Continue reading

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Why Do City Leaders Keep Portland in the “Transportation Dark Ages?”

By Steve Buckstein In November, Beaverton, Gresham, Hillsboro, and Tigard joined Vancouver, Washington in welcoming ridesharing juggernaut Uber to operate legally in their cities. A week ago, Uber began operating in Portland without permission, in effect daring the authorities to … Continue reading

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Portland Should Join the “Free World” of Ridesharing

By Steve Buckstein In November, Beaverton, Gresham, Hillsboro, and Tigard, Oregon joined Vancouver, Washington in welcoming ridesharing juggernaut Uber to operate legally in their cities. Conspicuously absent from this list was the region’s largest city, Portland, which became virtually surrounded … Continue reading

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Portland’s “F” Doesn’t Stand for “Transportation Friendly”

By Matthew Hayes R Street Institute, a D.C.-based think tank, released its Ridescore website last week. The site grades 50 large U.S. cities based on taxi, limo, and transportation network friendliness. Portland received an F, making it the second-most transportation-hostile … Continue reading

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No New Street Fee: City Council Should Approve Street Maintenance from the General Fund

Recently, Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick suggested that the City Council approve $7 million in General Fund dollars to help pay for street maintenance. The City expects to have a surplus of some $9 million this fall, allowing new discretionary requests … Continue reading

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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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Portland Should Be Fair to Taxis by Setting Them Free

By Everet Rummel This issue affects almost all city-dwellers, and cities around the world are taking action. Some view it as their own livelihoods being at stake. It has even sparkedmass protests in Europe. The issue? Whether or not cities … Continue reading

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Should Portland Residents Pay Another Fee to Cover Basic Road Maintenance?

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales is proposing a new transportation tax for 2015. He claims this is needed to offset a decline in revenue. However, the facts show a different story. Total revenue for transportation has been growing for decades. For example, from … Continue reading

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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

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Report Shows $52 Million Street Project Makes Traffic Worse

By John A. Charles, Jr. A case study released last week by Cascade Policy Institute shows that the $52 million retrofit to Portland’s Southwest Moody Avenue is already increasing local traffic congestion and will be unable to accommodate future road capacity needs … Continue reading

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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

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“Field of Dreams” Is No Strategy for TriMet

September 12 will be the 15th anniversary of the opening of Westside MAX. Unlike most transit projects, Westside light rail was deliberately routed through vacant land with the expectation that it would be a catalyst for “Transit-Oriented Development” (TOD). Planners … Continue reading

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Moving Forward from the Columbia River Crossing

By Kevin Sharp With the recent suspension of the Columbia River Crossing project, people are already asking, “What should replace it?” The answer, at least for right now, is, “Nothing.” While it is frustrating that the government spent $170 million … 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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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

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