Thursday, March 26, 2009

Emerging Consensus on Multi-Modal Transportation Systems?

I don't really know what this means. Portland Transport says "Hell freezes over." It's remarkable at the very least.

The Oregonian publishes an editorial co-written by a bunch of folks who are assumed to have divergent interests on transportation:
When it comes to addressing Oregon's challenges, one hears a lot more about the fight between entrenched opponents than the pacts forged by allies. Maybe it's because the conflict is a more intriguing story than the agreement. But this year, the more intriguing story is the agreement among a usually antagonistic range of groups that have lined up behind a new transportation package.

Not usually in lockstep when it comes to laying out a vision for Oregon's transportation system, 1000 Friends of Oregon, AAA Oregon/Idaho, Environment Oregon, the Oregon Business Association, the Oregon Environmental Council, the Oregon Trucking Association and the Port of Portland are aligning behind transportation solutions that will meet the transportation needs of all Oregonians while sustaining the economy and protecting the environment.
AAA says:
The transportation system is not just the highway and road system, and as a result it must be integrated with other modes such as transit, rail, bicycle and pedestrian uses if it is going to meet the needs of AAA's members.
The Oregon Trucking Association says:
that transportation investments that reduce discretionary passenger vehicle trips can help free up limited highway capacity for higher-value freight movement.
And the Oregon Business Association says:
Businesses across the state are suffering financial losses from congestion, and to attract new businesses and a skilled workforce, Oregon's cities and towns must be convenient and pleasant places to live and work. OBA strongly supports policies and funding that help Oregon's fast-growing communities provide a multitude of transportation options...
Hopefully this is part of the compromise and consensus that will build behind HB 2120 and will have ancillary benefits for some of the other bicycle legislation the BTA is working on.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I am sure it is really hard to believe that multimodal transportation systems would work effeciently but there are thousands of cases throughout the world which has shown that it can be best if people believe in it. The bottom line is diverse sources of revenue can cushion the effect of a decreased demand for a particular modal service. Some mode of transportation (Railways) needs initial investments but long term returns are definate. In all multimodal transportation not only helps to improve our environment but also makes a better place to live.