Trimet is Taking Your Input & Preparing for Bus Route Changes… Have You Weighed In?

Bus on Route 70 Heads North from Milwaukie

Bus on Route 70 Heads North from Milwaukie

Here’s some of the suggestions that are in the lead to actually be implemented. People have pushed for more weekend service on the 19 route, they want the 31 and 33 to create one new line that will increase service and frequency on Harrison Street and King Road, which would then serve to connect Clackamas Town Center. You too can weigh in easily by going to the http://trimet.org/alerts/pmlrbuschanges/index.htm page and just click any of the “Weigh In” bubbles to the right of each route description and an email with a pre-populated subject line will appear. Add your comment (and likely your name, address and where you do or plan to live in that area and how it would affect or effect your daily travel).

I’m of the mindset, since I’m planning a move to the area (see previous article), that the 19 is in serious need of increased service (provide input email, just click here). Currently the route between downtown, across the Ross Island Bridge, then down to Sellwood and out to Woodstock (and points beyond) is important for many. I imagine with the light rail, the travel patterns will change between Woodstock and Sellwood, and Woodstock or Sellwood and downtown Portland. The main reason being, the transfer will alter the flow of travel options. Providing a new way to get to Milwaukie or downtown Portland in a dramatically more timely fashion for many in Sellwood. Also the Woodstock to downtown and any other line that connects to the light rail will have a faster trip in many ways. Simply put, there is a great potential to increase ridership in this area in pretty dramatic ways.

I myself in moving forward with my sleuth hat on, to see what I can do to help organize riders groups for transit usage advocacy and also, one may safely assume, bicycle advocacy. Also to note, where other input is being gathered includes future suggestions for the entire southeastern area of the city.

This site about southeastern improvements also includes a small section about the Powell-Division Transit Project. This project, in my opinion is extremely overdue. The #4 and #9 already are packed everyday, run long hours and provide a ton of service to two of the higher ridership lines. In the morning these buses are packed tight with people getting into and out of downtown. There is not really an easy way to increase ridership without some real changes. Trimet & Metro have more information about this proposed project on this site.

…stay tuned, I’ll definitely have more on this Powell-Division Transit Project in the very near future, as I know many others along with myself use this corridor a lot!

Only 24% of Portlanders Want Suburbs, But 48% are Stuck Living There From Lack of Options!

Recently another article came out via OregonLive, “Most metro-area residents live in suburbs, but wish they didn’t: study“, that actually reflects something interesting about our living style here in Portland. The key measurement I’ve noted is that this article differentiates between town center neighborhood living versus suburban living. This is one of the biggest differentiators that often doesn’t come up between suburban and urban living. You see, town center living is dramatically more comparable to urban living versus suburban living.

In the poll, only 24% of respondents actually wanted to live in suburbia, but sadly 48% live in suburbia for a host of reasons. The number one reason is because we’ve funneled an absurd amount of resources into building an untenable road system that perpetuates (through subsidies and other related hand outs) suburban lifestyles – regardless of the fact that many people don’t actually want that type of lifestyle.

This study should be a key indicator to developers and the city politicians, the two areas of growth that are in demand include urban, town center development, and rural styles of life. Which means simply, there should be an all-hands stop of any new suburban style development and we should focus on urban and town center style developments. By doing so we support the option of rural lifestyle by doing so!

So many other tenants for the future of development in Portland can be derived from this data. Fortunately, the city continues to move in the right directions. The real question is will Washington and Clackamas County move in the same direction to protect rural life styles and not allow their suburban development to destroy the rural life style that remains? Will Portland be able to build appropriate town centers and urban areas up enough to handle the influx of new residents?

As always, it seems we’ll get a chance to see!

5 Reasons the Portland Milwaukie Light Rail Project already Rocks!

Crossing the Hawthorne on the #4 looking south toward the Marquam, Tilikum, and Ross Island Bridges.

Crossing the Hawthorne on the #4 looking south toward the Marquam, Tilikum, and Ross Island Bridges. (click the image for full size image, or the respective bridge names for their Wikipedia entry)

I left about 11:30am today to get some lunch and take care of some coding, video taking, and some exploration. I’d been meaning to get into Milwaukie to check out how the work has been going on the Portland Milwaukie Light Rail (PMLR) line. I also wanted to snap some photos and video of the area. It turned out, I was in luck. I was able to get a lot of this done along with getting a few shots and commentary put together for numerous different parts of the Portland Milwaukie Light Rail line.

So here are a few of my discoveries…

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Clinton Street @ 28th : Commenting on the 2035 Comprehensive Plan

28th & Clinton (click for full size image)

28th & Clinton (click for full size image)

Another comment I left on the Comprehensive plan went like this,

“This is another node that is great now. However it is another reason I left the neighborhood because the commute through this area on bike just got to be too frustrating. Traffic would pile up coming from Powell and from Division, sometimes diverted or just people cutting from 39th/Cesar Chavez through Clinton as a bypass from Division. In the process adding traffic that isn’t stopping at the businesses and decreasing the safety and calmness of the street as a regular residential street. It made commuting and actually enjoying a cup of coffee out on some of the sidewalk tables less than enjoyable some days. On a calm Sunday with low traffic the ideal condition of the street with cyclists calmly riding up for coffee, a movie showing or such at Clinton St Theater or other activity is great. But the last 2 years has been annoying (and that’s putting it kindly) to be able to enjoy the area with the rush hour traffic dragging on throughout the week.

Summary: A diverter here is need desperately to make this NOT a cut through street for Powell to Division AND to prevent the through traffic using Clinton as an arterial instead of Division (or Powell).”

Get Involved in Helping to Plan the Future of Portland! The Comprehensive Plan 2035…

The 2035 Comprehensive Plan is currently being commented on for the city of Portland. The idea is to go to the plan site located at http://www.portlandmaps.com/bps/cpmapp2/. The main page when you arrive will look something like this…

View the Map

View the Map

Click on “View the Map” and the map will then render. Zoom in to the area you’d like to leave comments, such as your neighborhood. You’ll see color coded spaces within the various areas of town that are up for rezoning and new possibilities. This is where we, the citizens come into play to give input and help provide direction to our city.

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A Dozen+ Reasons Not to Move to Portland!

If you’re looking to move to Portland and you love the suburban home you have.

Don’t move here.

If you hate coffee, tea, beer or other related craft beverages.

Don’t move here.

If you’re looking to move to Portland because of a job, and don’t like to be outdoors.

Don’t move here.

If you’re looking to move to Portland because you like sunny weather, heat, snow, or clear skies.

Don’t move here.

If you like owning automobiles as a hobby.

Don’t move here.

If you don’t like bicycles, bicycling, or being around bicyclists.

Really don’t move here.

If you hate walking or being active throughout the course of a day.

Don’t move here.

If you don’t like transit options, hate Riding Transit or think trains are dumb.

Don’t move here.

If you like to spend a lot of time in your car.

Don’t move here.

If you love Republican ideology.

Don’t move here.

If you hate being involved in community, in the neighborhood or knowing your neighbors.

Don’t move here.

If any of these things are core tenants in your life, you’ll hate it living in the city of Portland. However, you probably could move to Beaverton, Gresham or one of the metropolitan suburbs and maybe be ok. But even the suburbs here are different in many ways than standard American suburbs. You’ll likely still be involved in your neighborhood. You’ll probably decrease the amount of driving you do even outside of the city in the suburbs here.

Thousands of Cyclists at Bridge Pedal

Thousands of Cyclists at Bridge Pedal

Tomorrow, I’ll line up the reasons why someone interested in moving to Portland may actually want to do just that. Until then, it’s raining again so I’m gonna go ride the MAX with my bike in it and then grab a drink os some coffee. Cheers!