MAX Advisory Committee to Discuss Property Displacements in Brooklyn

This Thursday’s meeting of the Portland to Milwaukie Light Rail Citizen’s Advisory Committee will feature a presentation on the topic of property displacements along the planned rail alignment.  Current plans call for a significant number of neighborhood businesses along SE 17th Avenue to be relocated.

The meeting will be held on Thursday, April 15th from 6 until 8 PM.  The meeting will be held at St. Philip Neri Parrish, Carvlin Hall at 2408 SE 16th Avenue.  This is at the corner of SE 16th Avenue and Division Street.

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Portland State’s Urban Design Workshop Group to Discuss Neighborhood Issues at Brooklyn Action Corps Board Meeting Wednesday April 14–Public Encouraged to Attend

Please join us for what should be a fun change of pace at this month’s Board Meeting.

Students and Faculty from Portland State’s Urban Design Workshop group will be in attendance to discuss various planning, zoning, and transportation issues in the Brooklyn Neighborhood.  They are looking to learn more about our neighborhood, and they have already presented some amazingly creative and inspiring ways that we can tackle some of our largest urban design issues.  The odds are pretty good that at least some of their ideas will be incorporated into both the Portland Plan and plans for MAX Light Rail.

Trimet Station Area Discussion Group Meeting

Title: Trimet Station Area Discussion Group Meeting
Location: Thelma Skelton Loaves and Fishes Center at the corner of SE Milwaukie Avenue and Center Street
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Description: We’ve got 3 items on this month’s agenda:

1. Urban Design Workshop class project. In 2009 a class of PSU students in the Urban Studies and Planning program worked with representatives of the Hosford-Abernethy neighborhood on an analysis and visioning project for the area around the Clinton Station area. Phase 2 of this class has recently begun and will build upon work done by the 2009 class. An instructor from the class will present the project, process and findings from last year’s workshop as well as what phase 2 will entail. Student representatives from the class will also attend and may have some questions for the group. If you’re interested in a preview of the report produced by last year’s workshop class, a pdf is attached. Please remember that this is the work of a PSU class and not the City of Portland, also keep in mind that the Station Area Discussion Group is not obligated to work with the students, however, our discussion could benefit from their analysis, ideas and collaboration. Continue reading Trimet Station Area Discussion Group Meeting

Westside MAX Trains Switch from Horns to Quieter Bells

WES trains are now operating more quietly in Beaverton. The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has approved TriMet’s request to waive certain regulatory requirements relating to WES train horns. For the SW Lombard Ave segment between SW Farmington Road and the Beaverton Transit Center, WES trains will sound a 78-80 decibel bell at each crossing, rather than the current 96 decibel horn.

The FRA approved the elimination of the sounding of a train horn, finding the request was consistent with railroad safety and in the public interest. The waiver is temporary and can be revoked for safety reasons or an increase in train speed. The operator may still blow the horn at any time for safety reasons. Continue reading Westside MAX Trains Switch from Horns to Quieter Bells