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Bruce Nourish

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Bruce Nourish

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Isn't it interesting that the top six priorities are all involving streets and traffic.

The street car is WAY DOWN ON THE BOTTOM.

What we really see here is how 'our' government is doing exactly the opposite from what the people want.

No surprise to people that have been following this stuff, we knew this already.

The question is, what can anyone do about it?


When you talk about inner city voters stepping up and voting for the services they need, is this an obtuse way of suggesting that inner city voters should vote for city governments to co-fund transit in their own areas?

If so, then it comes with an attendant risk. Where I live (Brisbane), you are probably aware that such a funding model is actually in place, and has been for a while. The regional transit authority fully funds most transit (heavy rail, outer suburban buses etc); but the central city council co-funds the inner suburban buses.

The problem is that, in view of this funding contribution, the city council expects to be able to influence overall network design, and sometimes uses this influence to push immediate political concerns that are at odds with region wide network efficiency.

For this reason, there are periodic calls from the community for the co-funding arrangement to be cancelled and the regional transit authority to assume full responsibility for the funding, design and management of the entire transit network.


Read your own results.

The top transit priority is SIDEWALKS for PEDESTRIANS.

Priority #1: Crosswalks.
Priority #6: Sidewalks.
#2 and #5 are "safety", which probably means safety for PEDESTRIANS.

#3 and #4 are "maintain the streets, don't let things deteriorate", aka "fix it first".

This makes sense. Everyone is a pedestrian before they get on a bus or train or car, from the moment they get off the bus or train or car, and when they choose not to take a bus or train or car.

I'm not at all surprised that the top priority is to make it possible for people to WALK safely.

Dan McFarling

While it is important to know what the public believes, my personal bias is that opinion polls often helps one to understand more about the public education needed more than it demonstrates what path we need to select. VERY few people understand how our transportation system evolved-- how we got where we are today. So much of our automobile dependency evolved because of the "social engineering" the transit naysayers like to scream about, but most people do not have a clue. In my opinion, even most transit advocates do not have an adequate understanding of how bad policy created the mess we are in today. If we do not understand how we got into this mess, we will NOT be able to understand what to do to solve it. We need to better educate ourselves, and the public.


I would guess that bus lanes and freight movement are down at the bottom because these are the two aspects of urban transportation that ordinary people have the least understanding of.


I would like to see the results of how users of each modeshare voted.

Daniel Sparing

I wouldn't agree that cycling is polarizing everywhere: just like transit users get stigmatized when they are few (as being poor), same happens with cycling. Once it has a decent share (i.e. the better half of Europe), the stigma is easily gone.

The main problem here I see as someone working both in transit and cycling, is what people want might not be an indicator of what mode they choose. -- If you provide convenient public transport / cycling infrastructure to people, they'll use them (even if they have no emotions for them) because of the convenience. This doesn't mean that before that they were dreaming of bus lanes or cycling infrastructure.


Of course people want better bus service. It's what most of us use. Being able to rely on the bus network has made my life a whole lot easier.

But having a streetcar route increases property values and helps buildings qualify for LEED certification. Real estate interests have a way of dominating local government, so I predict more street cars in our future.


"Portland as a leader when it comes to transit"???? That's a joke. Go to Chicago, Boston, New York City, then come back here. Portland is a sad joke re transit. I'd even prefer Charleston, South Carolina, which is crappy and worse than Trimet but makes no pretense and understands it has a limited privately-run transit system (or used to years back). Trimet is the best reason to drive in Portland.

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