30 August 2005

[pdx_politics, metro_transit] A Modest Proposal from Councilor Canfield

I noticed, on his 'blog, Troutdale City Council member Robert Canfield floated a very interesting and meritworthy suggestion; an express TriMet line from Troutdale to the inner areas.

It's a worthy idea. Troutdale's public transit access to the greater Metro area consists of collectors (TriMet lines 80 and 81, IIRC) connecting to MAX Blue Line service at the Gresham Transit Center, which can be tedious and slow for Troutdale commuters; Councilor Canfield estimates that three hours out of every day would be consumed by a Troutdale commuter trying to get to a notional destination in Portland and/or points west (and just imagine if you weren't going to someplace near the MAX line).

It's understood the effort is somewhat quixotic. As he himself says, "I realize Tri-Met has said NO WAY to this idea before, but it makes so much sense it doesn't hurt to keep trying."

As a supporter of public transit, I'm prone to agree.

I'm adding him to my list of OR Politics links. It's clear I don't agree with everything he says, but I like his plain speaking style and it takes some degree of honesty these days to just sit down and bang in why you vote as you do in a 'blog-especially if you aren't one of the "cool kids" such as the Portland City Council.

4 comments:

Jim said...

so much for things written in stone

Troutdale Councilor Canfield said...

Thanks for the link! I'll return the favor. Anyone whose favorite music is Electric Light Orchestra obviously knows what he's talking about!

Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis said...

Jim:

I think maybe you're referring to the post about the curbstones?

If so, I get the joke. However, to people like me, these bits in the pavement are little unexpected gems. Museum pieces, truly.

I'm going to go out and get some photos of those and post 'em. Soon...not now...got a possible root canal at 14:00 PDT today....

FYI:jwrkdte

Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis said...

Councilor Canfield:

"Thanks for the link! I'll return the favor. Anyone whose favorite music is Electric Light Orchestra obviously knows what he's talking about! "

Well, I know what I'm talking about on ELO, anyway.

But I must say, you got the right idea about transit out in Troutdale. You keep pushing it!