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Portland: Steps to Success

Portland:Steps to Success Presented by:Brooks BrownWill KresicDavid MellisyAdam PolinskiThomas Wamser Evaluation MetricsWhat Makes Transit Useful

Haughtons Equity Principles

Nested Model of Sustainability

The Shift to Sustainability

The Shift to Sustainability

Success in Transportation and Land Use

Max Light Rail

Max Light Rail

1970Grid of Frequent

TodayGrid of Frequent bus lines

Portland has a 200 x 200 downtown grid

Portland

New York CityDrawbacks of a small grid42% of is occupied by the street networkSimply put, nearly half of the land is used up accessing the other halfHighest length of road infrastructure of any modeMany stop lights and crosswalks for pedestrians

The Light Rail to Nowherehttp://spectator.org/articles/38027/portland-going-nowhereSet to open Summer 2015Services Milwaukee and Oak Grove, OregonCombined population: 37,000Total Cost: $1.5 BTotal Distance: 7.3 milesfed gov. foots half of the 1.5 BTrimets board is appointed by teh governor and thus isnt direclty accountable to the tax paying citizens of the PortlandOther shortcoming of MAX: Free rail zone done away with as of 2012aBudget IssuesUnsustainable SpendingTriMet: Total Projected Shortfall for Fiscal Year 2013: up to $17 millionFor $1 in wages, $1.52 in benefitsThe Portland Bureau of Transportation faces a $16 million gap

TriMetShortcomings?Drive alone to work stagnantBus ridership declined 7.4 percent of work trips on public transportPortland 9th- 17th most congested cityAverage driver wasted $937 and 44 hours in traffic 2011

Improvements

Urban RevitalizationSouth Waterfront DistrictFormer Industrial Hub for Portlands logging industryBetween Willamette River and I-5Highly polluted in 20th century

South Waterfront DistrictDenseMixed useAccessible transit

South Waterfront DistrictDenseMixed use Accessible transitHome to OHSU facilities & tram

Pearl DistrictPearl DistrictFormer industrial areaReclassified for mixed use in 1980s

Pearl DistrictFormer industrial areaReclassified for mixed use in 1980s

Pearl DistrictFormer industrial areaReclassified for mixed use in 1980sRemoval of bridge viaduct opened for development

Pearl DistrictFormer industrial areaReclassified for mixed use in 1980sRemoval of bridge viaduct opened for development

Pearl DistrictFormer industrial areaReclassified for mixed use in 1980sRemoval of bridge viaduct opened for development

Trouble in the Suburbs?

Gateway District,East PortlandTrouble in the Suburbs?Rockwood, Gresham/Portland border

Biking DifferentlyBike Features

Neighborhood greenways and multi-use pathsExtensive bike lanes and bike boxesLargest bike valet in the country

Common US Bike Lane ConditionsWestport Road in Louisville, KY

The NumbersCategories including:Percent of cycling commuters(6.1%)Cycling fatalities per 10k commuters(1.1)Federal transportation funds allocated to pedestrian/cycling projects per capita(8.35)Miles of bicycle lanes, paths, and routes per square mile(3)

Nerdwallet Online Blog

Community events:Worst day of the year rideTweed rideSunday parkwaysWorld naked bike rideBike CultureCitizens actively involved via:Blog postsPodcastsForumsQ&As

A Cycling SuccessPortland: The Verdict

Transit

Streetcar

Transit mall

Dedication to improvementPortland: The Verdict

Politics

Metro

Urban Growth Boundary

Region 2040Portland: The Verdict

Biking

Best large bike city in the country

Extensive bike infrastructurePortland: The Verdict

Land Use

Urban Revitalization

TOD

Tight Grid

Walkable, LivablePortland: The VerdictHas there ever been a case in American history of a city as relatively small as Portland having the same sort of pervasive impact on the policy and the built environment of America? It is truly remarkable, shocking even, and something I dare to suggest will likely never happen again.

-Urban affairs analyst Aaron Renn in The Oregonian in 2010