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Brooklyn Action Corps Freight Trains

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.

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Brooklyn Action Corps Transportation

TriMet Launches New Milwaukie MAX Website

163 - Maxin' to PDX
Creative Commons License photo credit: eyeliam

TriMet has launched ther new website for the Portland to Milwaukie MAX light rail project.  This new site can be accessed at http://www.trimet.org/pm/

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Transportation

Eastside Streetcar to Start Construction in June 2009

Portland City Commissioners have voted to spend $6.3 million dollars to help jump start the planned eastside extension of the popular Portland Streetcar.  Current plans call for a new line to be built from the existing line in the Pearl District, across the Broadway Bridge to the Rose Quarter and the Lloyd District before heading south on MLK Boulevard and Grand Avenue to OMSI.  Discussions area already being held on the idea of a future extension along Milwaukie Avenue so that streetcar service could be extended to the Brooklyn and Sellwood-Moreland Neighborhoods.

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Transportation

Editorial:Where in the world is Maria Rojo de Steffey?

Commuters in and around the Brooklyn Neighborhood found an even worse than usual evening commute on Thursday, July 31st.  A large water main at SE 11TH Avenue and Tacoma streets, broke and caused an emergency closure of the aging Sellwood Bridge.  Traffic along Tacoma Street, Milwaukie Avenue, Powell Boulevard, McLoughlin Boulevard, the Ross Island Bridge and the Hawthorne Bridge came to a near standstill.  One can only wonder if this is an omen of what future commutes will be like if the Sellwood Bridge is closed permanently.

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Transportation

MAX UPDATE: Local Approval Complete

As of June 24th, the local approval process for the planned MAX light rail extension from Downtown Portland to the City of Miwaukie is complete.  Over a year of planning and public outreach work went into the formation of a new Locally Preferred Alignment (LPA).

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Brooklyn Action Corps Transportation

Breaking News: Portland City Council Approves MAX Extension

The planned Portland to Milwaukie MAX light rail line cleared another hurdle on July 17th with the adoption of the new locally preferred alignment by Portland City Council.

Mayor, and former Brooklyn Action Corps member, Tom Potter spoke highly of the project and its ability to transform inner southeast Portland.  The other members of City Council were also supportive.

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Transportation

Oops…Oregonian Gets it Wrong on MAX

The Wednesday edition of the Oregonian has an article updating the status of the Milwaukie MAX project.  Unfortunately, the graphic that they ran is out of date and inaccurate.

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Transportation

Milwaukie MAX Plan Adopted, Harold a “Future Station”

Members of the Portland to Milwaukie MAX Steering Committee voted unanimously on Thursday the 26th of June to adopt a new locally preferred alignment for the project. 

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Brooklyn Action Corps Transportation

Milwaukie MAX Decision Pending

This is it, the week that the Portland to Milwaukie MAX Steering Committee makes its formal recommendation on a route, a bridge location on the Willamette River, and on station locations!

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Transportation

SE Long Street Reclaimed for Neighborhood Use

Agressive drivers now have one less Brooklyn neighborhood street to use as a traffic signal bypass.  A long-term closure of SE Long Street went into effect on Thursday, June 5th.  This change was proposed by area residents, championed by Commissioner Sam Adams, approved by 100% of abutting property owners, and accepted by the City of Portland, Ofice of Transportation.