Light rail in the News
stories along the Max
Why Light Rail
Is Wrong for Clackamas County
Light-rail line will be region’s
most costly transit project, TriMet says The
Portland Tribune 1/17/07
releases cost, rider numbersMilwaukie light rail
will cost up to $1.4 billion and carry as many as 26,000
6.5 miles of Light rail costs only $1,400,000,000 billion dollars to replace
That's only $215 million dollars a mile, not
counting operating costs and more cost overruns!
The Clackamas Review 1/16/08
to me: you cannot get there from hereHis office
is on Lake Road in Milwaukie, nine miles and more than two hours from his
Portland home by Tri-Met.The
Clackamas Review 12/26/07
for action on MAX safetyThe Clackamas
decries impact feesDeveloper’s attorney says
Milwaukie’s development fees unconstitutional
Milwaukie schools complain, 1 Portland
school sings light rail’s praises
Milwaukie City Council’s tour of an existing light rail line Multiple
non-functioning ticket machines, numerous people smoking on the platforms
and a man hopping the TriMet fence to urinate on a tree in the open lot
in front of De La Salle High School The
Clackamas Review 12/19/07
the Planning Tax Americans want to live in single-family
Anti-sprawl restrictions increase the price
of such housing
funding plan draws mixed reaction The
growth to change Milwaukie's character?
4/12/07 the Clackamas Review
Light Rail Stations Magnet
for Crime 6/13/07
set to extend east-side renewal Additional millions, streetcar loop, affordable
Milwaukie-area state Rep. Caroline
Tomei, a Democrat, fears the streetcar project will take public money away
from a southern light-rail extension that has been discussed for years.
As planned, it would connect downtown Portland to Milwaukie over a new
bridge across the Willamette River. 7/4/06
Why transit users should oppose light-rail expansion 7/2000
politics of light rail pork
transit: A two-hour slog
legislators helped advance Southeast Light Rail
polls gather to discuss legislative session
Monroe, who represents District 24 in East
Portland and Happy Valley, was next up.
He said, “We made sure that $250 million was
available for Milwaukie light rail,
a light rail line on Main Street cause businesses to flee downtown Milwaukie?
plays for time on light rail
train is coming. Is the town ready?
light rail dilemma..."
builds to Milwaukie MAX route
Corridor Phase II: Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail
light rail gets back on track
Grade for PSU and Light Rail
Funding plan for Tri-Mets $494 million “South
Corridor” light rail expansion project.
32 1996 voter guide
never was the right answer (1998) the south-north
light-rail project suffered a dramatic election defeat
Rail Doesn't Work
Will Milwaukie Light rail come in on time and
MAX Rail Time & Budget (rail line is being discussed)
SAYS MAX CALCULATIONS WERE WRONG on Eastside Max
However, Tri-Met officials said that the agency
drastically revised downward ridership projections in 1985 before the light-rail
system opened and that since then ridership has exceeded Tri-Met's more
conservative projection. They also said that the original projections were
based on the forecast that MAX would open in 1983, when in fact it opened
The study showed that Portland had forecast
42,500 riders weekdays by 1990 but that at the time of the study the actual
ridership was 19,700.
_____________________Tri-Mets own web page
this admission, Tri-Mets own web page states
Light Rail Project History
MAX (Metropolitan Area Express) is TriMet's
light rail system serving the Portland metropolitan area. The three MAX
lines (Blue, Red and Yellow) run on 44 miles of track and serve 64 stations.
A history of success
* All four MAX projects
Airport and Interstate) have been completed on or ahead of schedule, and
on or under budget.
* MAX ridership continues
* MAX has become a national
model for community support, land-use/transportation planning, public art
and environmentally friendly construction practices.
* More than $6 billion
in development has occurred along MAX lines since the decision to build
* MAX takes cars off our
roads, helps keep our air clean and preserves neighborhoods and livability
_____________________Tri-Mets own web page__________________________________
Who should we believe? Tri-Mets first projections
or Tri-mets revised projections?
Crime along the Max