Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Witness helps man recoup damages after bike crushed by TriMet bus (article title is a little misleading)
Read it on TriMet's website, here, or down here \/
Bike & Ride construction begins at Beaverton Transit Center
Secure bike parking facility, along with another in Gresham, set to open in June
March 9, 2011 - Construction begins Thursday, March 10 on TriMet's second Bike & Ride facility at the Beaverton Transit Center. The new Bike & Ride will provide parking for 100 bikes and help more people make connections to bus, MAX and WES Commuter Rail. The facility is expected to open by late June, along with a 30-space Bike & Ride at the Gresham Central Transit Center.
ABOUT BEAVERTON TRANSIT CENTER
Beaverton Transit Center (BTC) is the busiest transit center in our system with the highest ridership and bike access:
- About 19,000 weekday trips on buses, MAX and WES Commuter Rail
- 12 percent of MAX riders arrive by bike
- Existing bike racks are full in the summer
TRIMET'S BIKE & RIDE
The BTC Bike & Ride facility will have 76 secure spaces inside the facility and another 24 covered spaces outside the facility. The secured facility will be accessible by keycard and have security cameras. Users will pay a nominal fee ($.05/hour) for secure parking time just like at a parking meter. The facility will also have a repair stand, air pump and bike map. The facility can also be expanded by another 56 spaces as demand grows.
"Secure bike parking makes biking a more reliable and convenient way to connect to TriMet," said TriMet Bike and Pedestrian Access Planner Colin Maher. "With tremendous growth in bicycling in the region, there are limited options for commuters to bring bikes onto the transit system especially during rush hour."
The Bike & Rides at the Beaverton and Gresham transit centers will join TriMet's first Bike & Ride at Sunset Transit Center, which opened in July 2010 with 74 secure bike parking spaces.
CONSTRUCTION OF THE BIKE & RIDE AND OTHER FACILITIES
TriMet is using $1.4 million in federal stimulus funds for the three Bike & Ride facilities, replacement of 96 bike lockers and new key access on 86 others. In all, TriMet is adding 386 new or improved bike parking spaces available in the region.
Aadland Evans Constructors Inc of Portland, Oregon is the prime contractor for the construction, with subcontractors Columbia Cascade, Affordable Electric, Earth Anchors, Miller Factors, RB Welding, GF Concrete, Erectors Inc. and BikeLink. The design phase of the project was completed by Moyano Leadership Group and Alta Planning + Design. Two Disadvantaged Business Enterprise companies on the job are Affordable Electric and Miller Factors. The Bike & Ride projects created four jobs and retained one other.
ABOUT FEDERAL STIMULUS FUNDS
TriMet was awarded $53.7 million in American Recovery and Investment Act (ARRA) funds to fix failing infrastructure, make the transit system more robust and put Oregonians to work. It's estimated that federal stimulus dollars funded approximately 181,895 job hours with a payroll of $9.85 million as of January 31, 2011.
For a list of TriMet's stimulus projects, visit trimet.org/stimulus.
You can read it here or down there \/
|TriMet: RiderInsider: March 2011|
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Pretty much anyone who has ever driven any sort of vehicle or been a pedestrian on a regular basis knows that left-hand turns are dangerous. Couple the fact that these turns are dangerous with flawed training procedures/policies, add in bus design flaws, poor mirror placement and pressure to maintain schedules that are frequently unrealistic and you're bound to have problems.
RANTINGS OF A REGULAR C-TRAN RIDER
RANTINGS OF A REGULAR C-TRAN RIDER
Which gets us to the true matter at hand: the matter that the world is suddenly exploding in an epic phase-change rearrangement of the political order, starting with the lands that own most of the world's exportable oil. In this vein, a message to readers of George Will and other old-line "thought-leaders" of America's commentary regime: If you think the action in the streets will be limited to these sandy outlands seven thousand miles away, then your last thoughts will not be comforting when the zombies you helped to create turn up slavering in your driveway.