Portland Light Rail Revolt Continues

In a hard fought election campaign, voters in the city of Tigard appear to have narrowly enacted another barrier to light rail expansion in suburban Portland. The Washington County Elections Division reported that with 100 percent of precincts counted, Charter Amendment 34-210 had obtained 51 percent of the vote, compared to 49 percent opposed.

The Charter Amendment establishes as city policy that no transit high capacity corridor can be developed within the city without first having been approved by a vote of the people. High capacity transit in Portland has virtually always meant light rail.

In a previous ballot issue, Tigard voters had enacted an ordinance requiring voter approval of any city funding for light rail. Similar measures were enacted in Clackamas County as well as King City in Washington County. Across the Columbia River in Clark County (county seat: Vancouver), voters rejected funding for connecting to the Portland light rail system. After the Clackamas County Commission rushed through a $20 million loan for light rail (just days before the anti-light rail vote), two county commissioners were defeated by candidates opposed to light rail, with a commission majority now in opposition.

Further, a Columbia River Crossing, which would have included light rail to Vancouver was cancelled after the Washington legislature declined funding. In a surreal aftermath, interests in Oregon seriously proposed virtually forcing the bridge on Washington, fully funding the project itself. A just adjourned session of the Oregon legislature failed to act on the proposal, which now (like Rasputin) appears to be dead.

At the same time, Portland's transit agency faces financial difficulty and has been seriously criticized in a report by Secretary of State. The agency has more than $1 billion in unfunded liabilities and carries a smaller share of commuters than before the first of its six light rail and commuter rail lines was opened. Moreover, the latest American Community Survey data indicates that 3,000 more people work at home than ride transit (including light rail and commuter rail) to work in the Portland metropolitan area. Before light rail (1980), transit commuters numbered 35,000 more than people working at home. Over the period, transit's market share has dropped one-quarter.

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

yepi online

The article you have shared here very awesome. I really like and appreciated your work. I read deeply your article, the points you have mentioned in this article are useful. I must try to follow these points and also share others. yepi online

Than'k Post

expanding railroad crossing tigard is not a good thing. it will destroy the bleak landscape and love inherent in this place. accompanied by countless arise which can not be said to imitate. National Rail is considered strategic transport modes, major, modern undertake to transport the highest market share. But now the railway has deteriorated only assume 6% share of transport, a far cry from both river transport.!
Friv , Kizi , G9G , Huz

aritcle very like

I really enjoy reading your posts, Thanks
Kizi 100
yepi 10 games
yepi top
Friv
Friv 100
yepi 2
coolmath games 4 kids

good luck

Good post

I just added your site to my favorites. I really enjoy reading your posts. Thanks!
kizi, Friv, Kizi 2

I like this

blogs and meaning, so I know more friends about it
Yepi,
Flappy Bird,
Kizi 2,
Friv 2,
Y8,
Kizi,

friv 2

This is a great article. It gave me a lot of useful information. thank you very much.
Friv
Friv

Re;

I saw what you said is very good and it is very useful for me in life, thanks

Kizi
y9

Great post

Further, a Columbia River Crossing, which would have included light rail to Vancouver was cancelled after the Washington legislature declined funding. In a surreal aftermath, interests in Oregon seriously proposed virtually forcing the bridge on Washington, fully funding the project itself. A just adjourned session of the Oregon legislature failed to act on the proposal, which now (like Rasputin) appears to be dead. I like post it. I like. Thank!Kizi 2 ,Friv 2,Yepi 2,

Great post

Further, a Columbia River Crossing, which would have included light rail to Vancouver was cancelled after the Washington legislature declined funding. In a surreal aftermath, interests in Oregon seriously proposed virtually forcing the bridge on Washington, fully funding the project itself. A just adjourned session of the Oregon legislature failed to act on the proposal, which now (like Rasputin) appears to be dead. I like post it. Kizi 2, Friv jogos

Pleasing Gifts for my sweet mother

Mother’s Day is a simple pray to offer Send Gift and Chocolates for the mothers in your life. It’s the day we thank our mom to sacrifice of self gives for her children.