Blumenauer warns regional transpo leaders about lack of vision, strategy

Blumenauer: Come together. Right now.(Photo © J. Maus) United States Congressman Earl Blumenauer spoke during a rare appearance at an influential Metro committee last week, doling out some tough love over the groups’ inability to come together around a regional vision for transportation investments. It was a rare showing of straight talk that speaks to … Read more

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How’d Oregon do in TIGER II?

This morning the U.S. Department of Transportation released a full list of award announcements for their TIGER II grants. More than 70 projects — split between 42 capital construction projects and 33 planning projects — worth $600 million were funded. Oregon received three grant awards, two for construction projects and one for planning. Washington County … Read more

TIGER II grant would bring biking improvements to rail corridor

This substandard bridge in SE Portland’s Brooklyn neighborhood would be improved with TIGER II grant funds. A partnership between TriMet, Metro, and the cities of Portland and Milwaukie could lead to a series of significant biking and walking improvements along the yet-to-be built Portland to Milwaukie light-rail line. TriMet is the lead applicant in a … Read more

Lessons learned, Metro ponders TIGER II

If Metro wants federal funds for active transportation projects, they’ve got to adjust their approach.(Photo © J. Maus) With the US Department of Transportation’s announcement of TIGER II, a $600 million extension of the stimulus funded TIGER grant program, local active transportation advocates are considering another round of applications. Our regional Metropolitan Planning Organization, Metro, … Read more