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Transportation

A number of these articles & postings look at the connection between transportation and land use. Others consider issues ranging from public transportation to transit-oriented development. For articles focused more on streets & road design and on pedestrian & bicyclist issues, check out those topic categories on the menu.

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MAX light rail train arriving at Orenco Station from Hillsboro, heading to Portland and Gresham.

Is Orenco Station on Track? Members Only Content

Orenco Station is both an actual light-rail station and the name of a 209 acre “transit-oriented” development adjacent to the station. They’re both in Hillsboro, Oregon, a fast growing suburb of Portland, and home to the state’s “Silicon Forest.”

Making Transit Cool

Making Transit Cool

This short video speaks for itself — enjoy it — then ask yourself what your transit agency could do to make transit cool in your community.

Roadway and sidewalk in Pompeii

Can We Connect?

One of the key themes I heard during sessions at the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations conference was the importance of better connecting pedestrians to nearby shopping and to transit corridors. That means focusing on one of the most basic components of a community’s transportation network: sidewalks.

SLW-ability Yields Stronger Local Economies

SLW-ability Yields Stronger Local Economies

During the AMPO (Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations) conference the past two days, the three words I think I heard most often were Sustainability; Livability; and Walkability. What’s more all three of these were often tied in to another phrase: economic competitiveness.

Bus in downtown Saratoga Springs, New York

Transit Challenges … and Opportunities

PCJ Editor Wayne Senville is reporting today from the annual conference of the Association of MPOs in Saratoga Springs NY. In this post, a look at presentations focusing on transit challenges — and opportunities — in three very different parts of the country.

abstract illustration of congested intersection

The Other Half of the “Deadly Duo”

Considering the other half of transportation engineer Gary Toth’s “deadly duo” — our too frequent unquestioning acceptance of traffic projections.