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

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Oregon Transit and Activity Survey

http://www.portlandtransituser.com/ Please take this survey if you live and/or use transit in the Portland, Oregon area. Ben

TriMet Getting 55 New Buses in 2012

From the Tri-Met Blog: http://howweroll.trimet.org/2011/11/16/55-new-buses-to-join-the-fleet-in-2012/ Tri-Met will be getting 55 new low floor buses that are more efficient and include air conditioning. Four of the buses will be hybrids for testing. It is always good to see upgrades happening in heavily used systems. Ben

First Lawsuit Against the Columbia River Crossing

From KOMO-TV: http://www.komonews.com/news/local/130701378.html  A lawsuit has been filed alleging that a streamlined permitting process designed for light rail was used to plan the new Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River. While it is important we all follow the law and hold everyone to task, it is also important to move this project ahead. Ben

TRI-MET Cracking Down on Fare Evasion

From TRI-MET: http://trimet.org/news/fare-enforcement.htm  TRI-MET has increased their fare patrols and eliminated just handing out warnings. As the economy continues to worsen, taxpayers are demanding less free rides. Hopefully programs like this will work to increase farebox recovery rates. Ben

Celebrating 25 Years of the MAX Blue Line

http://trimet.org/max/25years.htm Tri-Met’s MAX Blue Line to Gresham opened in 1986, kicking off a nationwide renaissance in light rail and dramatically improving transportation in the Portland area. Ben

Columbia River Crossing Could Be $100 Million Less

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2011/08/26_CRC_CutsProjectCost.htm  The cost of the Columbia River Crossing project has dropped by an estimated $100 million due to changes in the design and more certainties around the schedule. While the design will be plainer than originally planned, we need to move ahead with this project. Ben

Best Transit Apps in Portland

From Portland Afoot: http://portlandafoot.org/2011/02/the-best-transit-apps-in-portland-prepare-to-be-surprised/ And Oregon Live: http://blog.oregonlive.com/commuting/2011/02/andrew_wallace_inventor_of_pdx.html Two reviews of the multiple transportation apps for the Portland area. PDX Bus gets high reviews. Why can’t we do this in the Seattle area? I mean, Tri-Met provides a whole page of apps and a developer’s portal. Portland wins again! Ben  

State Recommends Deck Truss Bridge for Columbia River Crossing

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2011/02/25_ColumbiaRiverCrossing.htm ODOT and WSDOT have decided to go with a deck truss design for the new Interstate 5 bridge across the Columbia River. This design is both cheap and effective. While it would be nice to see a more dramatic design, I know that funding for such projects is very limited at this […]

Tri-Met Valentine’s Day Contest

From Tri-Met: http://trimet.org/contest/valentines-stories.htm Read the stories from people who met on the bus or train in Portland. Ben

Top 10 Best Cities for Public Transportation

From US News and World Report: http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2011/02/08/10-best-cities-for-public-transportation A list of the top 10 best cities in the US for public transportation. Portland, Oregon is #1. Congratulations Portland and Tri-Met! Ben