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Old August 5th, 2017, 03:01 AM   #221
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Old September 28th, 2017, 02:05 AM   #222
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TriMet report: Rising housing costs might be hurting ridership
By Elliot Njus [email protected] | The Oregonian/OregonLive | Posted on September 27, 2017 at 3:54 PM



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[Ridership] fell 1.8 percent in 2016, and it's fallen 1.9 percent through August compared with the same period a year earlier -- all in a period when the region's population is going the other direction. The Portland metro area grew by 1.5 percent in 2015 and 1.7 percent in 2016.

Auto congestion, meanwhile, is on the rise. Vehicle traffic has rebounded with the economy, with vehicle-miles climbing far faster than the population.
Source: http://www.oregonlive.com/commuting/...housing_c.html
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Old November 8th, 2017, 07:24 AM   #223
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TriMet considering expansion of MAX Red Line to county fairgrounds
John William Howard | Thursday, October 26, 2017

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The project would add Red Line service at 10 stations: Beaverton Central, Merlo Road, Elmonia, Willow Creek, Quatama, Orenco, Hawthorn Farm and the Fair Complex. TriMet would purchase eight more rail cars and lay some additional track for switching purposes, along with a new operator break facility.

On the east side, TriMet would convert single-track sections to double-track sections at Gateway and PDX. At Gateway, TriMet would reconfigure the Red Line to approach the station from the north, instead of the current loop and approach from the south. TriMet would add a second platform for Red Line trains, and expand its storage facility in Gresham.
Source: http://portlandtribune.com/pt/9-news...ty-fairgrounds
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Old November 8th, 2017, 11:00 AM   #224
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ugh .. they really need to stop building out and big MAX underground in the city to speed it up. They are making all the same mistakes US cities has been making for the past 70 years --- keep adding track without building a better system. Even Dallas and LA have now realized that a well functioning regional rail system needs to pass through the downtown fast and efficiently .. not stop at each traffic light .. wait for blockign cars, and generally crawl along.
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Old November 9th, 2017, 02:29 AM   #225
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ugh .. they really need to stop building out and big MAX underground in the city to speed it up. They are making all the same mistakes US cities has been making for the past 70 years --- keep adding track without building a better system. Even Dallas and LA have now realized that a well functioning regional rail system needs to pass through the downtown fast and efficiently .. not stop at each traffic light .. wait for blockign cars, and generally crawl along.
I think Portland is an exception to this issue considering how small its downtown core is. MAX has the priority ROW in all of its routes which doesn't cause that much more of a delay. (Different story for the Streetcar tho). The problem lies in frequency and lack of park and ride facilities.
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Old November 9th, 2017, 03:12 AM   #226
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ugh .. they really need to stop building out and big MAX underground in the city to speed it up. They are making all the same mistakes US cities has been making for the past 70 years --- keep adding track without building a better system. Even Dallas and LA have now realized that a well functioning regional rail system needs to pass through the downtown fast and efficiently .. not stop at each traffic light .. wait for blockign cars, and generally crawl along.
Unfortunately the Big Pipe projects from BES took the best underground elevations for a tunnel. Now any subterranean line would need to dive deeper under the river and the Big Pipe project. Assuming maximum grades for LRT such a line may need to start well east of the Lloyd District and many not resurface in time to match the West Hills tunnel portal. Not to mention some very deep stations along the way.
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I've never been to Portland, but in Gothenburg in Sweden we have a large tram system which is more like light rail in the suburbs, but mostly like a classic tram system downtown. IMHO it's rather good that it runs on the surface downtown, and has rather frequent stops, because then all the people going to/from downtown has a shorter walk to/from their destination. In the suburbs the stops can be more distant apart as fewer people will use each stop.
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ugh .. they really need to stop building out and big MAX underground in the city to speed it up. They are making all the same mistakes US cities has been making for the past 70 years --- keep adding track without building a better system. Even Dallas and LA have now realized that a well functioning regional rail system needs to pass through the downtown fast and efficiently .. not stop at each traffic light .. wait for blockign cars, and generally crawl along.
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I think Portland is an exception to this issue considering how small its downtown core is. MAX has the priority ROW in all of its routes which doesn't cause that much more of a delay. (Different story for the Streetcar tho). The problem lies in frequency and lack of park and ride facilities.
From what I have read, LRV are too heavy for streetcar rails, but is it a problem with every type of a LRV vehicles? Because it would be cheaper to use part of the streetcar network with LRV than building a tunel. From what I see, it needs just separation from traffic, light signal priority, longer platforms and maybe replacing current fleet of streetcars with something that can use both networks, which probably would be a typical european streetcar. Buying a new rolling stock is expensive but probably still less expensive than the tunel. The rest wouldn't be expensive but car drivers propably won't be happy with that kind of changes.
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In most cases the only difference between a streetcar and LRV is top speed. Of course in practice curve radii, track weight limits, traction voltages, even grack gauge can be altered for stupid reasons.

Streetcars and MAX already share some tracks

Ultimately, Portland's next step needs to be to turn MAX into a fast reliable system for the city -- and stop building more and more low-ridership track out into the burbs.

A well done urban LRV can serve crazy amount of people -- and will. Whereas suburbs will send in way less ridership, require way more track to reach and are just not worth it in most cases.

If Portland is not going to pursue a urban/regional transit with metro / commuter rail -- then it needs to make sure MAX serve Portland itself well with fast, reliable, high capacity, high frequency transit ... .Look to Seattle for inspiration how to do a blended system).
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$1.7 billion transportation bond measure won't make 2018 ballot
By Elliot Njus [email protected] | The Oregonian/OregonLive | Updated 10:27 AM; Posted 8:34 AM

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The biggest single chunk of the money raised -- $740 million -- would provide part of the funding for the Southwest Corridor light-rail project, which would connect downtown Portland with Tigard and Bridgeport Village in Tualatin.

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Lawmakers declined to fund the Southwest Corridor project.

Postponing a regional funding vote will likely delay the new light-rail line, for which construction was previously set to begin in 2021.
Source: http://www.oregonlive.com/commuting/...tion_bond.html
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Ultimately, Portland's next step needs to be to turn MAX into a fast reliable system for the city -- and stop building more and more low-ridership track out into the burbs.

A well done urban LRV can serve crazy amount of people -- and will. Whereas suburbs will send in way less ridership, require way more track to reach and are just not worth it in most cases.
Well, with low ridership you can get away with a more infrequent service and that means almost equally lower cost of maintenance and service both for the infrastructure and the vehicles.

One thing that's easy to miss is that in some cases the cost of freeing up land for the tracks can be far less out in the suburbs compared to downtown.
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Bright new look, energy-efficient upgrades make Washington Park MAX Station more inviting than ever
December 22, 2017 by Tia York

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$2.1 million renovation transforms Washington Park MAX Station for the next generation of riders


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proposal to add all-night bus service to Portland, for the first time since 1986

http://trimet.org/betterbus/servicei...ments-fy19.htm
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Southwest Corridor: January 2018 update



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Metro and TriMet will complete the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) in the next few months. The DEIS must also identify an initial route proposal for the light rail.

After comments are collected, the project’s committees (the Community Advisory Committee and the Steering Committee) will discuss the initial route proposal, public comments, technical data and project staff input to recommend a locally preferred route for the light rail. That recommended route will be considered for adoption by ODOT, TriMet, Washington County and the cities of Portland, Tigard and Tualatin before being finalized by the Metro Council.

www.oregonmetro.gov/swcorridormap
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In most cases the only difference between a streetcar and LRV is top speed. Of course in practice curve radii, track weight limits, traction voltages, even grack gauge can be altered for stupid reasons.

Streetcars and MAX already share some tracks

Ultimately, Portland's next step needs to be to turn MAX into a fast reliable system for the city -- and stop building more and more low-ridership track out into the burbs.

A well done urban LRV can serve crazy amount of people -- and will. Whereas suburbs will send in way less ridership, require way more track to reach and are just not worth it in most cases.

If Portland is not going to pursue a urban/regional transit with metro / commuter rail -- then it needs to make sure MAX serve Portland itself well with fast, reliable, high capacity, high frequency transit ... .Look to Seattle for inspiration how to do a blended system).
My understanding is that the MAX trains and the streetcars can share the MAX light rail tracks and overhead wires, but they can't share station platforms. The MAX trains are wider than the streetcars. The MAX trains have a width of 2650 mm (8.7 feet), and the streetcars have a width of 2460 mm (8.1 feet). The MAX trains are too heavy for the streetcar tracks and have a turning radius that is too large for some of the curves on the streetcar system. A further complication is that MAX trains have a top speed of 55 mph whereas the streetcars have a top speed of 40 mph, so it would be awkward to try to operate the streetcars on the higher speed sections of the MAX system.
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