West Salem - Monday
You may recall the announcement about "capturing the ride" from a few days ago. Cherriots has recognized that
Current fixed-route transit service provided by Salem-Keizer Transit is inefficient in the low-density neighborhoods of West Salem, South Salem, and Keizer.You can see the lack of coverage in West Salem. It would be interesting to see a map of households served within a 1/4 mile (or other easy walking distance) of a transit stop, as well as a map with the time/frequency dimension. An important part of the reason fixed-route service is inefficient is because it's probably not very convenient.
|Cherriots Route Coverage in West Salem|
Transit Alternatives for West Salem – Lauren Wirtis, Portland State University Master of Urban and Regional Planning Candidate;Developing robust and well-used transit in West Salem is one of the best things we can do to ensure that we don't continue to waste resources planning for - or allocating funding for - a new giant bridge and highway across the river. And in fact the Alternate Modes Study looked at
a mixture of physical improvement projects, operational improvements, and educational/policy efforts to reach the goal of reducing single-occupant trips over the river and to increase the service life of the bridges.(So, uh, why aren't these our first priority?)
|The River Crossing Alternate Modes Study and Transit:|
Improve Transit Service, Increase Service Frequency
Northeast Neighbors - Tuesday
And you might remember from last fall the conversation about improved crossings near Safeway on Marion and Center Streets at 13th.
|Proposed median extension and crosswalk at 13th and Center|
17th and Nebraska is interesting because the City has already painted a new crosswalk, but autoists have continued to struggle here with yielding to people on foot. Near Englewood Elementary, this is an important route for school children. The is going to upgrade the crossing further with a median, as I understand it.
|Police conducting crosswalk safety enforcement at 17th and Nebraska|
Grant Neighborhood - Thursday
Not on the agenda, but from the last few meetings, is the current proposal for the median at the odd intersection of Hood/Church/Fairgrounds Road.
|Proposed Median for Hood and Fairgrounds at Church|
The proposed design will create a two-block section of bike lane it appears, will narrow the road somewhat, hopefully tending to slow speeds, and with the median will keep speeding autoists from hitting the church building.
The intersection will also lose some vintage, Route 66-era charm, as well as restricting movement for people on foot and on bike somewhat, as they also will be channeled more to crosswalks and a limited number of movements.
|How many of these suspended traffic lights are left in Salem?|
Actually on the agenda are folks from the Historic Landmarks Commission, who will be giving an update on the "Heritage Neighborhood Program." I believe the idea of creating a National Register Historic District in Grant has been discarded, due in part to neighborhood fears about regulatory burdens and costs to homeowners in an official Historic District, and a looser "heritage" program proposed instead. So it will be interesting to see how this concept has morphed. (But wait! A revised agenda doesn't show this, so it may have been pulled from the meeting and postponed.)
There will also be an update on the Riverfront-Downtown Urban Renewal Plan.
The Grant Neighborhood Association meets Thursday the 6th at 6:15 p.m., in the Library at Grant Community School, 725 Market St NE.