Washington County Transportation Futures Study

Online Open House available through February 19:

  • Self-Driving Cars?
  • Innovative transit options?
  • Protected bike-ways?
  • Safe walking and bicycling routes to school & street safety education as standard practice for all kids in the County?
  • What does the next 50 years hold?
  • What investments could benefit Washington County’s transportation future?

The Virtual Conversation has begun! Participate between now and February 19, 2016 to tell Washington County what you think about the futures of transportation.

The Washington County Transportation Futures Study will evaluate long-term transportation strategies and investments needed to sustain economic health and quality of life in the coming decades.

Join the conversation.

Oregon Governor’s Transportation Vision Panel

In 2015, the Pacific Northwest regional policy manager, Kari Schlosshauer, was invited to present information about Safe Routes to School to the (Oregon) Governor’s Transportation Vision Panel, a yearlong effort to develop a series of recommendations to the Governor to address transportation issues across all modes and regions of the state.

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The Governor’s Transportation Vision includes Safe Routes to School
We’re pleased to report that much of the information we provided about Safe Routes to School has been included in the draft findings from the Bike, Pedestrian, Transit and Passenger Rail Subcommittee. This is great news for the future of a funded, expanded Safe Routes to School program that can reach every kid in Oregon.

Preliminary Subcommittee Findings include:

  • Increase investment in Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs
  • Increase the flexibility of K-12 student transportation services across the state

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Attend a forum near you (dates below) and provide input on the importance of Safe Routes to School in any future state transportation funding. Can’t attend? Add your comments via the Comment Form.

Key talking points:

  • Support local flexibility of student transportation revenue:
    • Redefine student transportation to ensure that communities are meeting the changing needs of students across the state.
    • Increase flexibility and improve efficiency in how school districts are able to spend transportation revenue (e.g., transit district partnerships, safe routes to schools programs, etc.).
  • Increase investment in Safe Routes to School programs to:
    • Deliver proper traffic safety education to 100% of students graduating from elementary schools within four years.
    • Expand availability of Safe Routes to School funding to include high schools by the year 2020.
  • Transportation funding resources must include dedicated funding for bicycle and pedestrian facilities:
    • A portion of new road funding should be dedicated to bicycle and pedestrian facilities, large enough to complete state and local systems within a reasonable period of time.
    • A portion of state lottery funds should continue to be set aside for pedestrian and bicycle projects, consistent with or greater than the level from past investments in ConnectOregon.

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Support funding safe streets in Portland on 11/20

On Thursday, November 20th, Portland City Council will have a hearing on the Portland Street Fund proposal. This proposal will provide new funding for a huge number of safety projects on our streets.

Safe streets should be our number one priority and we welcome an increase in the amount of money dedicated to making them safer, especially where conditions are the worst. We know that both maintenance and safety needs are high priorities for a large majority of Portlanders.

We urge Portland City Council to vote the new Portland Street Fund into effect. While it is not perfect, the proposal has come a long way in addressing concerns about how the revenue will be collected and distributed; we will not let perfect be the enemy of the good, and this Street Fund is good public policy. Continue reading

Portland’s Draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan

Public hearings – October 14, 28, and November 4

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The Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) is holding public hearings around the city. Portlanders are invited to share their feedback about the proposed draft at the following events:

Tuesday, October 14, 5 – 9 p.m.
Parkrose High School, Student Center
12003 NE Shaver Street

Tuesday, October 28, 5 – 9 p.m.
Portland Community College Southeast Center, Community Hall
2305 82nd Avenue

Tuesday, November 4, 4 – 8 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500A

Public testimony is vital at this point in the process. All comments will be considered by the PSC as they discuss and deliberate on the goals, policies and map changes in the proposed draft. The official advisory body to City Council, the PSC will ultimately submit a recommended draft to Council for consideration. Once adopted the plan goes on to the state for acknowledgement.

But first, the Planning and Sustainability Commission wants to hear from you. To learn more about the draft Comprehensive Plan, including proposed land use changes, goals and policies, the Transportation Systems Plan and the Citywide Systems Plan, you can view presentations, maps, videos and more with the Online Open House.

Panel discussion Thursday 8/14: Multi-Modal Innovation and Sustainable Design

Friends and Colleagues in the Portland region (or just passing through on Thursday) — our regional policy manager, Kari Schlosshauer, will be on a panel this Thursday with Gabe Klein, former transportation chief for the cities of Chicago and Washington, D.C, who is widely regarded for incorporating sustainability and livability into all transportation projects.

He’s in town to discuss Multi-Modal Innovation and Sustainable Design for Portland — in other words, how we can make our cities, specifically Portland, more livable and transportationable for people of all ages and abilities. Something we desperately need.

Is transportationable a word? Come to the panel and find out!

Thursday, August 14, 7-9am at the Multnomah Athletic Club.
Tickets start at $20 including breakfast, and we would love to see your smiling face in the audience.

More information and registration here.

The future of multimodal student transportation

Today, most student transportation departments around the country focus primarily on getting students to school on yellow school buses. But student transportation isn’t just about school buses — especially if you live in the one-to-two-mile radius around a school. Students are also getting to school by foot, bicycle, scooter, car, and public transportation. Decisions about how students travel to school affect their health and safety, as well as traffic congestion, air pollution, and the health and safety of the community at large.

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A new report out from the Safe Routes to School National Partnership explores collaboration opportunities between Safe Routes to School and School Bus professionals. Buses, Boots, and Bicycles: Exploring Collaboration Between Safe Routes to School and School Busing Professionals to Get Children to School Safely and Healthily (pdf).

Buses, Boots, and Bicycles addresses questions such as:

  • How are students actually getting to school today?
  • What are the policies that dictate how a school district or state approaches student transportation?
  • How are student transportation expenses funded, and how do funding structures vary among states?
  • How do funding formulas create incentives or disincentives for walking, bicycling, and Safe Routes to School?

On Thursday, July 17 at 11:00 a.m. PT, the Safe Routes to School National Partnership is hosting a free webinar with representatives from student transportation departments and Safe Routes to School programs to discuss the implications of the Buses Boots & Bicycles report, and to share experiences and ideas for working together.

Register here.

Get involved in the future of East Multnomah County transit

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Metro & Tri-Met are currently looking at ways to provide more reliable public transportation between downtown Portland and Gresham along Southeast Powell and Division streets.

Get involved!

This 5-minute survey is open until July 30, 2014.

Why should you care? Because good transit access and frequent service are key component of our complete transportation system. This is an opportunity to provide input on the The Powell-Division Transit and Development Project and let them know what “good service” means to you, and where you need it.

Tri-met has scheduled several meetings to gather community input.

Tuesday, May 13
6:30-8:30 pm
Parkrose High School
12003 NE Shaver
Portland, OR

Tuesday, May 20
6:30-8:30 pm
Ron Russell Middle School
3955 SE 112th
Portland, OR

Light refreshments and childcare will be provided for attendees.