Metro, county team up to host regional forum on transportation safety

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on March 31st, 2021 at 4:09 pm

An empty bike lane on a multi-lane street full of drivers and cars.

Bike lane on SE Foster Road.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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Metro launches ‘Kids are everywhere. Drive like it” campaign

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on March 22nd, 2021 at 12:21 pm

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Metro terminates ‘smart city’ data project meant to help count bikes

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on February 25th, 2021 at 12:06 pm

Sample of Replica analysis.

A data project billed as the “next generation urban planning tool” that involved over two years of negotiations between Metro, TriMet, the City of Portland, and Google-owner Alphabet has crashed-and-burned.

On Saturday, Red Tail Media reported that a contract between Metro and Sidewalk Labs to develop the Replica tool for regional use been officially terminated. “A city tech project in Portland with the Sidewalk Labs spin-off leads to accusations, data disputes and ‘damaged trust'” reads the headline, which was then picked up by the BBC on Tuesday. [Read more…]

Earmarks are coming back and Oregon is positioned to get them says Rep. Blumenauer

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on February 18th, 2021 at 3:23 pm

Blumenauer at this morning’s JPACT meeting (lower right).

Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer dropped into a meeting of the Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation (JPACT) Thursday morning to share an overview of what to expect from the Biden Administration.[Read more…]

Was it worth it? Metro seeks feedback on active transportation projects

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on January 20th, 2021 at 12:14 pm

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TriMet GM stays positive as reality of SW Corridor project loss settles in

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on November 16th, 2020 at 4:21 pm

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TriMet GM boosts e-bikes as leaders weigh in on congestion pricing

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on September 21st, 2020 at 4:12 pm

Urgency for new transportation funding options has never been greater.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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Metro Council votes to send $5 billion transportation investment package to voters

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on July 17th, 2020 at 11:00 am

The package includes major updates to big east Portland arterials like this one.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

In what’s being hailed as an unprecedented moment for regional transportation reform, Metro Council voted unanimously on Thursday to adopt the Get Moving 2020 plan and send it to voters in November.

Centered around 17 “investment corridors,” the plan could pump nearly $8 billion into regional transportation infrastructure and programs over the next 20 years. If approved, the measure would start generating revenue in 2022 with a 0.75% payroll tax paid by employers of businesses with over 25 employees. (UPDATE: A last-minute amendment exempts all state and local government agencies.) Metro’s latest pitch has framed the proposal as a massive jobs package that will put over 37,500 people to work with high-paying construction and consulting jobs.

Metro spent over 18 months negotiating the details of this package. While it’s not perfect and has received very mixed reviews from transportation reform activists, the overall feeling seems to be that the myriad benefits of the “good” projects and programs far outweigh the few “bad” projects that made the cut.
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Decision time for $4 billion transportation funding measure at Metro Council today

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on July 16th, 2020 at 2:38 pm

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Metro acquisition could close Cazadero Trail gap at Deep Creek

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on May 18th, 2020 at 1:21 pm

Let’s close this gap! (Map graphic: BikePortland)

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