Oregonian Editorial: New Westside Express Train Horn Noise Problematic

The brand new Westside Express commuter rail gets high marks–except for the unanticipated consequence of a huge increase in horn noise required by federal railroad rules…

A rude awakening for Tualatin, and for TriMet
by Editorial Board, The Oregonian
Monday February 16, 2009

The Westside Express Service is a welcome addition
to the region, but the noise problem can’t be shrugged off

In hindsight, Chris Barhyte wonders if they should have rented a freight train.

That sounds extreme, but Barhyte is a Tualatin city councilman. In the two weeks since the Westside Express Service started running, he’s been asking himself how the city could have fully anticipated — or simulated — the noise WES would inflict on the city. Continue reading Oregonian Editorial: New Westside Express Train Horn Noise Problematic

Will Southeast Precinct go bye bye?

As was discussed at the January Brooklyn Action Corps General Meeting, the City of Portland is moving forward with plans to restructure the Portland Police Bureau.  Of particular interest to Brooklyn residents and business owners, is the proposal to close Southeast Precinct.  This means that Brooklyn would be patrolled instead by officers working out of Central Precinct in Downtown. Continue reading Will Southeast Precinct go bye bye?