Thursday, November 17, 2011
It's been mentioned before here that Tri-Met - supposedly a transit agency - has been systematically cannibalizing bus service in order to build more unwanted rail lines. These lines serve nobody other than developers. In Seattle, bus services are extensive, aand heavily used; Tri-Met, by contrast, holds the distinction of owning the oldest fleet in the nation. It's been discussed before, here, but Portland blogger Jack Bogdanski has stumbled across the proof of what has long been known - and long denied by Tri-Met.
Livable Portland - Land Use and Transportation Initiatives
At TriMet, we are proud of our contribution to the livability of the Portland region. We have seen enormous growth here since 1969 when the agency was formed. In that time, due to numerous visionary leaders and passionate citizen involvement that increases with each passing year, this region has made great strides in enhancing our sustainability, livability and economic vitality.
So, Tri-Met is a land-use "planning" agency. You don't need to see the whole thing - just look at the first page. The illustration says more than the entire document does, anyway. If you read the whole thing, you may require emergency medical assistance.
One thing I don't understand about Police Chief Reese's and Mayor Sam Adams' response to the Occupy actions is the large number of fully-equipped, militaristic, stormtrooper riot cops they are sending out to these assemblies. As I watched protesters chat with bike cops today, I wondered if more human-looking (less army robot) officers might result in a more productive outcome for everyone.