Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Through the program, if a young person in crisis needs help, all he or she has to do is approach a Metro Transit bus driver and say, “I need a safe place.” The driver then makes a call to trigger contact to a youth service provider. The organization then arranges to meet and transport the youth to safety.http://www.issaquahpress.com/2011/08/31/king-county-metro-transit-offers-safe-space-for-youth/
One of those great things that make you smile, huh? :) I like King County Metro
By Joseph Rose
MAX -- also known as the Metropolitan Area Express -- turns 25 with not one but two parties on Friday.
The 15-mile Eastside MAX Blue Line between Portland and Gresham was the first to be built in the region, and only the third modern light-rail line in the U.S. at the time.
Here’s a look at how it’s grown over the years:
- 1974: After fierce neighborhood revolts, planning for the planned eight-lane Mt. Hood Freeway through Southeast Portland is scrapped. The federal freeway funds are exchanged for light rail and other transportation improvements.
- Labor Day weekend 1986: The Portland-to-Gresham segment of the Blue Line opens with 200,000 trips taken the first weekend.
- November 1998: 52 percent of Metro area voters reject Measure 26-74, seeking $475 million to build a light rail line from Clackamas Town Center to the Kenton neighborhood in North Portland.
- Sept. 12,1998: The westside Blue Line extension from Portland to Hillsboro opens. The line includes a three-mile, twin-tube tunnel under the West Hills.
- Sept 10, 2001: The $125 million Airport MAX Red Line starts rolling after four years of construction. TriMet adopts a color-coded light rail system for the future.
- May 1, 2004: Four months early and under budget, the 5.8-mile, $350 million Yellow Line to the Expo Center in North Portland opens.
- Sept. 12, 2009: Clackamas County finally gets light rail with the $575.7 million Green Line, which promises trips from the Clackamas Town Center to Portland State University in 39 minutes.
- MAX boardings since 1986: 483 million.
- Trips on TriMet buses during the same period: 1.4 billion.
- Average weekday MAX trips:128,000.
- Number of miles now in the MAX system: 52.
- Development numbers: TriMet says more than $6 billion in development has occurred along MAX lines since the first plans were drafted in 1978.
- July 1, 2011: TriMet starts construction on a Willamette River bridge that will carry the planned 7.3-mile, $1.5 billion Orange Line from downtown Portland to Milwaukie, which is scheduled to open in fall 2015.
- August 2011: A citizen urban-renewal initiative barely makes the November ballot in Clackamas County, with officials saying passage would endanger the county's plans to meet its $25 million payment for the Orange Line. County commissioners are expected to place competing measure on the ballot.
Two events -- one in Gresham and one in Portland -- are planned to celebrate MAX’s 25th birthday.
The Gresham event starts at 10 a.m. at Gresham City Hall Plaza. The Portland gathering is scheduled for 11:45 a.m. at Pioneer Courthouse Square.