Puget Sound Transportation Projects

My thoughts on transportation in the Puget Sound area and transportation issues in general.

Archive for the 'Vancouver/Portland' Category


Government Commits 50% Of The Cost to Milwaukee Max Extension

From Tri-Met: http://howweroll.trimet.org/2012/05/22/federal-government-commits-funds-to-portland-milwaukie-light-rail-transit-project/ The federal government has pledged to cover 50% of the cost of extending Max light rail South to Milwaukee. This is great news. The Portland Max system has been very successful and just gets better with every extension. Ben

ODOT Rail Division

http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/RAIL/ Information from the Oregon Department of Transportation on their rail programs. Ben

Washington – Oregon Integrated Passenger Rail Corridor

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2012/04/4_wa_or_integratedcorridor.htm WSDOT and ODOT are working to build an integrated passenger rail corridor from Eugene, OR to Vancouver, BC. This is instead of the current system where each state manages their section. Given the heavy use of the Amtrak Cascades on this corridor this will be a good thing. The less layers of […]

WSDOT and ODOT Working on Integrated Rail Corridor

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2012/04/4_wa_or_integratedcorridor.htm WSDOT and ODOT are working to join forces and manage the passenger rail corridor from Vancouver BC to Eugene, OR as one entity. This should help improve Amtrak Cascades service. Ben

Tri-Met Staycation Guide

http://howweroll.trimet.org/2012/03/20/spring-break-staycation-guide/ Portland, Oregon’s Tri-Met provides some ideas on how to spend Spring Break around the Portland area. All accessible by their rail and bus system. Ben

Portland-Milwaukee Light Rail: Economic Benefits

http://www.trimet.org/pm/economicbenefits/index.htm Interesting set of statistics and infographics showing the economic benefits of the Portland-Milwaukee MAX extension. More: http://www.trimet.org/pm/ Ben

PSU Solar Energy Project Live

From Tri-Met: http://howweroll.trimet.org/2012/02/22/solar-energy-project-near-psu-now-online/ A solar energy project at the MAX turnaround near PSU will cut up to 5k off of Tri-Met’s power bill yearly. Imagine if projects like this were used to power electric rail systems in sunnier states. Monitor power generation live: http://live.deckmonitoring.com/?id=tri_met_south_terminus Ben

Tri-Met Challenges & Choices

http://trimet.org/choices/why-is-there-a-budget-shortfall.htm Unfortunately Portland’s Tri-Met is also facing budget problems like all of us right now. This site explains the problem and the options. Ben

How We Roll

http://howweroll.trimet.org/ TriMet’s official blog. Ben

Columbia River Crossing Takes Major Step Forward

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2011/12/07_ColumbiaRiverCrossingMajorSteps.htm The Federal Transit Administration and the Federal Highway Administration signed a record of decision for the replacement of the Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River. This means the project can begin final design and federal funds may be available for construction. This is great news. The current bridge is under capacity […]