Transportation

Concerns about traffic, bike, pedestrian, or trails issues? Email SWHRL at contact@swhrl.org.

PBOT’s Community-Initiated Trails Process Approved

Send your ideas for trails in Portland Heights to SWHRL: contact@swhrl.org
Send comments/feedback to trails@portlandoregon.gov

City Council has approved a new "Community-Initiated Trails Process" to formalize new urban trails. See details at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/66082. The Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) developed a process for how new urban trails are proposed, permitted, built, or maintained on identified public rights of way (ROWs). Many of these ROWs have been located in Southwest Portland and our local SWTrails community group has been active in building and maintaining them. SWTrails has been carefully monitoring the process: Check out their website for more info: http://swtrails.org
 

TriMet Service Update:

Don’t hold your breath for restoration of TriMet service for the #51 line any time soon. Our best hope would be for everyone in the neighborhood to keep calling and emailing TriMet to plead for reinstatement of service. Per Tom Mills, TriMet Senior Planner, the TriMet Service Enhancement long range plan still calls for merging Line 51-Dosch Rd. with Line 39-Lewis and Clark, adding trips and weekend service to the new Line 39/51, and rerouting Line 55 to run through the SW Hills, but it could take years before this comes to pass. These improvements will require new funds, and is dependent on which lines TriMet prioritizes first for improvements, based on factors such as cost, ridership, efficiency, equity, etc. TriMet states: “Over the next year, TriMet will conduct research and meet with community interests to determine which bus service expansions will best improve access to jobs, education and other community services.” The good news is, TriMet has approved a payroll tax increase over 10 years to fund service improvements. However, Mr. Mills says, “At this time, I don’t have a timeline for the improvements in the SW Hills.”  To demonstrate our support for restored service, please contact http://trimet.org/mailforms/comments_general or: MillsT@trimet.org or call: 503-238-7433.
Details at: (http://news.trimet.org/category/service-enhancement-plans/

 

Look for the City of Portland's Transportation Class offered regularly at PSU

The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation & Portland State University are pleased to present the Portland Traffic and Transportation Class. This interactive Portland State University class is open to all Portland citizens and offers a unique opportunity to learn about the city's transportation system while working on actual neighborhood projects that affect your community. You can learn more about the class at: www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/psuclass The class is free for Portland citizens and we'd like to inform you and your neighbors about this great opportunity. You are encouraged to sign up for the class if you are interested. In addition, inclusion in your newsletter and/or on an email distribution list or a mention at your next meeting would be most welcomed and appreciated. Please don't hesitate to contact me for more information. Below is a short, bullet-point style description and a narrative. Thanks very much, Scott Cohen City of Portland Bureau of Transportation scott.cohen@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-5345 Calling all transportation activists – Learn how the city that works, works! And how you can affect change in your neighborhood. The Portland Traffic and Transportation Class offers citizens the opportunity to learn about the city's transportation system while working on actual neighborhood projects that affect your community. Work with decision and policy-makers, planners, scholars and engineers to get your neighborhood transportation project moving. This interactive Portland State University class is open to all Portland citizens and full scholarships are available to qualified applicants. Learn more on the website – www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/psuclass - or contact Scott Cohen at (503) 823-5345