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  1. Comment by James C. Walker March 26, 2017 @ 1:46 pm | Link

    Wherever posted limits are arbitrarily and less-safely set 11 or more mph below the safest 85th percentile speeds of free flowing traffic under good conditions, a high percentage of the camera tickets will go to safe drivers who endangered no one - for the purpose of profits. But enforcement for profits is 100% wrong, 100% of the time.

    NOTE: these will be the places that most cameras are located, because only in such places will they produce profits.

    James C. Walker, National Motorists Association

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  2. Comment by Justin M March 26, 2017 @ 1:43 pm | Link

    Should we just go down to one lane then? I mean if more lanes is just a bigger parking lot...

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  3. Comment by Justin M March 26, 2017 @ 1:42 pm | Link

    My understanding is that, in spite of the population growing by millions of people during the expansion, when it was finished the traffic was no worse than before it began. That's got to count for something.

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  4. Comment by Justin M March 26, 2017 @ 1:40 pm | Link

    But who would want to ride on them and suck all that pollution tho?

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  5. Comment by Justin M March 26, 2017 @ 1:39 pm | Link

    Freeway widening in Portland makes sense. Especially the two-lane sections of I-5. I don't see any evidence that transit and active transportation are being ignored. Transportation infrastructure should be built to accommodate all road users, and that includes highway projects for drivers.

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  6. Comment by Kristi Finney March 26, 2017 @ 1:17 pm | Link

    During the press event for turning on the camera at 151st block of Division, Captain Crebs was asked what the leeway would be before a ticket would be issued. He said he would not answer that, that every driver was at risk of a ticket anywhere for going 1 mph over the posted limit. He was insistent that he would not allow anyone to think anything more is okay. And I knew that he knew, as I already did, that the legislators had already mandated 11 and over. This 11+ mentality solidifies my belief that no one understands the true devastation of losing someone in a collision until it happens to them. Police officers are killed in crashes more often than any other way, see the tragedies first-hand, and yet many still don't get it because it wasn't THEIR loved one. (This is my own personal opinion).

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  7. Comment by Arturo March 26, 2017 @ 12:41 pm | Link

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  8. Comment by Chris I March 26, 2017 @ 11:44 am | Link

    No one wants to live next to the freeway. You can zone it as densely as you want. They are currently building a storage unit building right next to the NE 60th MAX stop.

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  9. Comment by SD March 26, 2017 @ 9:31 am | Link

    Increasing freeway width increases the number of idling cars. Improvements in traffic flow are fleeting at best. This has been demonstrated again and again. In the center of a city with multiple on ramps, off ramps and merging highways the gains in "flow" are even less. I-5 widening is essentially building a bigger parking lot for peak traffic time commuters.

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  10. Comment by paikiala March 26, 2017 @ 9:24 am | Link

    Mr. Bear,

    Look up Induced Demand and Latent Demand, and get back to us about your theories.
    For real case studies, check out stories about the Katy highway expansion, or the I-405 in Los Angeles.

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  11. Comment by 9watts March 26, 2017 @ 9:24 am | Link

    If people don't say what they mean it makes communication needlessly difficult.

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  12. Comment by paikiala March 26, 2017 @ 9:22 am | Link

    people often do not say what they mean. Small omissions on this site are often blown out of proportion as well.

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  13. Comment by paikiala March 26, 2017 @ 9:21 am | Link

    Maybe the lackluster ridership is due to lack of rezoning the nearby land for multi-unit dwellings.

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  14. Comment by 9watts March 26, 2017 @ 9:20 am | Link

    Interesting. Thanks for that clarification.

    Mind-blowing.

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  15. Comment by paikiala March 26, 2017 @ 9:18 am | Link

    9,
    Current Federal law prohibits conversion of general purpose lanes to exclusive uses like HOV and Transit. That's why you see places building new when adding HOV lanes.
    The same goes for tolling already paid for freeways versus the new toll lanes that are built.
    It would be nice, I think, if the current administration, wanting to cut government and all, might consider devolving more of the Federal gas tax to State control and changing the rules so that Freeways could be managed locally with things like toll lanes and HOV lanes. Keeping in place Federal research and safety standards, but letting local jurisdictions determine operational needs, instead of the one way to do things for every place in the nation mentality.
    We would still have the Texas's widening failures, and Mississippi's low funding models, but we might also get Portland and Seattle HOV lanes and toll roads for freeway maintenance - world class congestion management and funding models not currently allowed.

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  16. Comment by core:aggregator:record-not-finalized March 26, 2017 @ 3:00 am | Link

    Import records must be finalized before posts can be inserted.

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  17. Comment by Hello, Kitty March 26, 2017 @ 12:49 am | Link

    What diameter circle would you need? It's not rocket science, after all...

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  18. Comment by wsbob March 26, 2017 @ 12:28 am | Link

    You mean a cable, mechanical throttle? I've got a 95 Nissan, and it's very responsive to pedal change, but holds well enough at a desired position too. I travel between Beaverton downtown, and west of the Nike campus fairly regularly, cutting through on Jay St rather than going around the block via Jenkins/158th. Nike being a bundle of energy, and Jay a very busy street am/pm, people coming and going to work...there happens to almost on permanent basis, be one of those 'mobile'..but not really in this particular situation location....speed reader boards.

    It seems very accurate. Late at night, going home when almost no other vehicles are using Jay, I watch the display as I approach and pass by. Corresponds very closely to my speedometer reading. I can easily change and hold the pedal position for a mph or two, faster or slower.

    ...excessive mph traveled, over the speed limit, as in 'way over', or grossly in excess, happen I think, because some people like to horse around with their cars, 'gun it', and all that. There's nothing really wrong with that, in some situations, but it needs to be impressed upon people that they need to use their heads on deciding when and where it might be ok to do a little horsing around with their vehicle. Somebody else's neighborhood, is not that place...neither are school zones, or downtown streets busy with people on foot, bikes, skateboards, and so on.

    And responsible, adult police officers, police chiefs somewhat amazingly...telling people it's ok, reasonable to be driving more than 10mph over the posted speed limit, is not helping to impress upon people that driving at speeds way above the posted speed limit...horsing around with their car, isn't ok.

    Unlike some people commenting to this discussion...I'm willing to cut people a little slack, latitude, on mph in excess of posted. Allow too much, and it's almost like there's no speed limit at all. Couple that with the weird '85th percentile', for setting speed limits, and the result is almost like not even making an effort to constrain vehicle speeds on any basis, except what speed it is, 'people feel like driving at...heck with people on foot, heck with kids and little dogs, phooey on people riding bikes, and peace and quiet in general'...that most likely everyone wants maintained in their neighborhoods.

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  19. Comment by wsbob March 25, 2017 @ 11:48 pm | Link

    I have read that dating from the fifties, post war hot rodding enthusiasm, guys would try beat speeding tickets by giving the 'explanation', that their speedometer might have not accurately reflected actual speed of their car, because of the larger than original spec tires they were running in back. That's good, maybe, for one time. Anyone switching around tires ought to automatically be thinking about whether that may reflect on their speedometer's reading.

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  20. Comment by Alex March 25, 2017 @ 11:31 pm | Link

    The elevator is painfully slow though. usually I'll just run up the steps. Steps are def sketchy in dark. Powell needs some bicycle overpasses.

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  21. Comment by Peter W March 25, 2017 @ 11:25 pm | Link

    So perhaps Hwy 26 to NE Cornell and follow that out through Tanasbourne, past Intel's campus (N end of Orenco), and then on to the center of Hillsboro.

    Of course, it's kind of crazy that we have to pick the one or two rail lines and pretend they'll serve entire cities, and meanwhile build huge networks of auto infrastructure in every direction.

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  22. Comment by Kittens March 25, 2017 @ 11:14 pm | Link

    Wow, talk about arrogant: Neil takes credit for five of the six MAX lines? Neil, hun, time for reality check.

    LRT was made possible by many people. Not the least of which was the faith of the people of the tri-county region TriMet purports to support.

    MAX was a visionary project far-ahead of it's time but is perhaps entering a period of diminishing returns regarding it's continual expansion. It is precisely this narrow-focus on MAX by Neil and the small thinkers at TriMet which is responsible for the mess we find ourselves in today. They should pursue an aggressive BRT system to supplement MAX but instead we get more of the same. Mega projects with mega price tags. Not going to work in this new political era.

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  23. Comment by Mark smith March 25, 2017 @ 10:27 pm | Link

    1)I was referring to the electric golf carts that are masquerading as cars. Yes. You made up the leaf.

    2)"More likely to roll over" (referring to the Humvee)..more likely than one? A semi truck? A Ford Explorer.....or any other SUV?

    You are fixating on a military surplus vehicle that is no longer made. Parts are not easy to find and few people really know how to work on one. They will die off over time and only the die hard will own them over the long term. Wasting time on fighting it is a waste of time and energy and only makes the fighter look dumb. All the while proclaiming biking and driving e-golf carts the wave of the future and oh so safe.

    The reality is, anything larger than a sedan is a death missile on so many levels. Adding or not adding a Humvee is irrelevant. I ride a lot and drive a lot. Humvees are cool and for bike portland to flip out about it...is just dumb.

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  24. Comment by Hello, Kitty March 25, 2017 @ 10:22 pm | Link

    That one isn't ADA compliant.

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  25. Comment by Smokey Bear March 25, 2017 @ 10:05 pm | Link

    The first bicycle, in 1817, was made almost entirely of wood - 200 years ago:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_bicycle

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