TriMet heard the oppositiion to a skinnier Barbur Boulevard
UPDATE - TriMet abandons plan to remove traffic lanes from Barbur Bouolevard
. A proposed light rail line through Southwest Portland will be the subject of a public hearing at the Tigard Library, 13500 S.W. Hall Blvd., at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 4. Among the issues people can testify about is the plan to remove two lanes of vehicle traffic from Barbur Boulevard. If reaction to that idea on Facebook is any indication, it should be a lively evening.
Sierra: $2.375 billion budget if they go the whole way??? That's crazy and too much.
Kelly: If this doesn't get built the State of Oregon will owe a much bigger debt to the federal government based on the conditions of the loan for the orange line.
David: And even though congestion pricing on I-5 looks like a distinct possibility in the not so distant future, the Steering Committee refuses to include that in their considerations.
Brandon: Narrow Barbur is the best solution! The current "sidewalks" and intersections are a pedestrian nightmare! A widened Barbur jacks up the cost tenfold and would just continue a hostile, car-centric environment throughout SW. Narrow Barbur is way more people-centric.
Rachel: Narrowing Barbur is a terrible idea. The city will continue to grow year after year, and like it or not that means we need those traffic lanes AND better transit — not one or the other.
Amber: The city won't be happy until there are no cars or there is constant traffic gridlock. They don't understand the baby boomers are aging and they a) have the most discretionary money to spend (and we don't want them to move away and take their money with them), b) they need cars to stay mobile because they are old(er).
Chris: They should take a billion of that money and give it to education!
Jake: I want Max to go down Barbur. But, I do not want them reducing lanes on Barbur. That would be a nightmare.
Nancy J.: Cheaper if it goes in next to I-5, and it wouldn't disrupt the neighborhoods along Barbur. We are going to lose Fred Meyer & Safeway, and Barbur Foods if it goes in. SW neighborhoods will be in a food desert.
David: Curious as to why you think Max will take out Fred Meyer's and Safeway? As far as Barbur Foods, ODOT has already negatively impacted them and plans are in the works to do more harm by some upcoming traffic changes.
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