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Route changes will coincide with buses returning to Portland Mall
TriMet is seeking comments on potential changes to several bus routes. Buses will be returning to 5th and 6th Avenues in May 2009.
To see a list of workshop times and dates: http://www.portlandmall.org/meetings/index.htm
Congress asks to hear about the nation's transit future
Congress recently invited Robert Puentes of the Brookings Institute to testify about transit's role in reducing the country's dependence on foreign oil. His testimony is available on-line and is chock full of research and recommendations to increase the scale, scope, and availability of the nation's transit systems.
Puentes notes that Portland, along with New York and Chicago, have some of the nation's lowest vehicle miles traveled and carbon dioxide emissions per capita - a fact he attributes to transit's widespread availability and other key land use factors.
He also included this graph, highlighting portion of household income spent on housing, transportation, and other expenses by neighborhood type:
What do you think about your neighborhood? Is it transit rich, auto dependent, or somewhere in between? How could Congress help your area of town reduce its energy consumption?
Take a carbon neutral ride
Perhaps you've seen them: three-wheeled, pedal-powered vehicles with a comfy backseat designed for two. They're called "pedicabs" and they are all over downtown. With the central city's dense mix of restaurants, cultural amenties, tourism, and entertainment pedicabs serve to move people relatively short distances with an aura of eco-friendly romance.
Commissioner Adams takes a spin as a pedicabber.
There are a several companies making their entrance into the market and one recently teamed up with the Old Town Neighborhood Association to offer eco-friendly tours of the area.
To read more about the emerging pedicab market in Portland, check out this Oregonian article.
Race for the Cure Roars Through Portland
More than 50,000 participants are expected to register for the 2008 Race for the Cure, the 17th annual event to raise funds for breast cancer research and education. From 7:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, September 21 there will be multiple street closures for the event in downtown, the Pearl District and Old Town Chinatown.
Walkers and runners follow a loop route from Waterfront Park to Broadway to Naito Parkway that limits access to many downtown locations during the race. In downtown, north/south streets west of Broadway and east/west streets south of Main Street will not be affected. Be patient; there are ways to get around! For more detailed information on street closures, or to download a PDF map of the traffic control plan for this event, visit the Keep Portland Moving special events page.
Tuesday at the Rose Quarter
On Tuesday (9/16) the Portland Water Bureau will give all us regular joes the opportunity to get behind the wheel of a big city dump truck and take a look around. Trust me, it will give you a new perspective and appreciation for the people safely operating these trucks in traffic.
And if getting behind the wheel of dump truck isn't enough to get you out to the Rose Quarter, then perhaps free refreshments, a short movie on truck safety, and the opportunity to chat it up with some of the city's Water Bureau pros will entice you. Here are the details:
What: Dump Truck Tour (or Traffic Safety Event, hosted by the Water Bureau)
When:Tuesday (9/16) from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Where: Rose Quarter's Benton Parking Lot at N. Broadway and N. Larrabee (map)
Click here to read the Water Bureau's press release with more information.