Uber adds to the taxi fleet. People will drive more and further for the extra pickup cash. Address that issue. If Uber is just a taxi fleet.... is transport overall improved or harmed?
I'd say the better solution is transit and TOD. Here's something:
Buy no GM/Ford municipal paratransit vans on the 1970's chassis.
Seniors/disabled need Low-floor Low-emission Hybrids, circa mid-90's technology.
GM gets bailed-out, then gives your aging, disabled, grandparents and veterans the finger.
Uber will definitely add more cars on the road. So convenient. Hahah! Let's drive across the county! Whee?
I live near the proposed relocation site and like my neighbors believe it's an ill-advised arrangement. The Lovejoy cul de sac is a main pedestrian travel corridor that has always attracted trouble associated with drinking, drug use and camping. The view-blocking hedges was a stupid choice for landscaping. Many people walk in the street instead of on the sidewalk to avoid close interaction with transients, many with bad tempers. The benches along the sidewalk should be removed and the hedges replaced with ground cover. The streetcar passing above is amplified into an earth-shaking high-decibel rumbling below that will disturb the peace and rest that homeless people need. The space below the Lovejoy ramp and Broadway Bridge is dank, dirty and dismal. If the city can't find a more suitable site to relocate Right2Dream too, they're either not looking or they are looking for sites that are more punitive than protective.
The stark contrast between reasonable rational analytical informative dicussion and let's say an inarticulate lazy ass curt dismissal of important concerns, frank's "develop it" frankly sucks. Salinger, don't leave out the rail operation falacy. Big Business boys don't care about trailer park people nor nature. The two 'sharp' spurs and oval track operations will "restrict" BNSF crossing for all users, even BNSF. Citizens object degradation of Amtrak service. Business-related freight rail should object to restrictions and predictable delays on those operations. If it's purely a business concern, the decision to annex is a loser for everyone, except Asian auto import, an early adopter of giant Panamax Class, may their ship sink, loaded.
Listen boys & girls, we don't mind slanted reports when they are factual. Quote: "The CRC's new 'efficient interchanges' were expected to help connect Hayden Island residents besieged by traffic jams on the Interstate Bridge," is FALSE in too many ways. 1) The interchanges are NOT, I repeat, NOT EFFICIENT according to many if not most engineering perspectives that recommend
best construction and/or more practical options.
All 6 or 7 Hayden Island interchange ramps are "highly inefficient" in many ways.
Here is YOUR duuh moment, adolescents. Think about it. Picture downhill traffic at 'T' stops, backed up waiting while cross-traffic also stops at left entrance ramps. And pedestrian crossing? forgetabowtit. Bad engineering. Blame Wsdot because ODOT finished
Concept #1 in 2010, three years ago. What was Concept #1 you ask?
How might NO RAMPS to from or over at I-5 sound?
Landscape I-5 or build 7 overhead-concrete ramps, noise, fumes, traffic, accident?
The double-deck bridge DECISION too has Wsdot to blame, not Odot.
In Oregon, PoP dropped the ball on at least 4 big decisions, including these bigger but equally absurd mistakes in judgement.
Rail spurs onto Hayden "TIE-UP" this MAIN RR river crossing bridge. Holy cow!
BNSF is mismanaged. Other railroad companies use the crossing. They, no doubt, object. BNSF Nort Portland "stub-line" and vast parking lot could use the oval track rail, better drainage and water treatment, etc.
PoP Bill Wyatt. Whatever you're smoking, we want no part of it.
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