But first one Cherriots note.
Yesterday was the last day with the free pilot program for "the Connector," the ride-booking service for West Salem operated by Cherriots. Starting today service on it now costs a regular fare.Starting Dec 1: Riding the West Salem Connector will cost the same as riding a Cherriots bus https://t.co/QV86Wc137e pic.twitter.com/dhUErpDnXD— Salem-Keizer Transit (@Cherriots) November 17, 2015
It will be interesting to see how useage is impacted with the fares. It may not tail off that much, as it was probably serving disproportionately transit-dependent riders who were already using Cherriots. But maybe it attracted some new riders who will be price-sensitive. I don't know. It'll be interesting to watch. The raw count of riders was never very large. Back at the September board meeting an evaluation at the mid-mark of the pilot said:
After 3 months of operation, the service seems to be doing well. We have seen an increase of ridership each month. The service has been used by 133 different passengers. The service is averaging 1.55 passengers per revenue hour (which is just slightly less than our CherryLift and RED Line services) . This is below our target of 3 - 5 passengers per revenue hour...But the total numbers also round to zero in the big picture, and they may be evidence that in order to make transit scale and be meaningfully effective for large numbers of people in the hills - to make a dent on rivercrossing traffic, that is - tolls will be necessary on the bridge.
West Salem Redevelopment Advisory Board
WSRAB meets tomorrow and they'll get updates on parking in the Edgewater district, on the Goodwill site, on the latest draft of the West Salem Business District Action Plan, and most interesting of all, a proposal to take the Second Street Undercrossing concept to the next level.
Staff propose a "West Salem Transportation Feasibility Study" for $100,000 of urban renewal funds:
The West Salem Transportation Feasibility Study (Feasibility Study) is intended to progress to the next level of engineering design detail to understand the form, function, and cost of the 2nd Street NW undercrossing, the extension of 2nd Street NW to Marine Drive NW, and the connection from 2nd Street NW to Musgrave Avenue NW and Wallace Marine Park. The Feasibility Study will also evaluate the possibility of a dedicated right turn lane from northbound Wallace Road to the eastbound extension of 2nd Street NW.Most of the specific outcomes follow pretty obviously from the overall discussion and plan concept map. Two seem worth a closer look:
- 2nd Street under-crossing flood protection measures for a FEMA 100 year flood (City) and a 500 year flood per President Obama directive signed Jan 30, 2015
- Feasibility of the extension of 2nd Street to Marine Drive up to Glen Creek Road NW , including its relationship to the following:
- Salem River Crossing Preferred Alternative (ramps from OR 22 to Glen Creek Road NW at Marine Drive NW);
- The historic railroad trestle, which supports the current bicycle and pedestrian path;
- Wallace Marine Park,and
- Existing developments
|This is a basin, too: A local street connection along Second Street|
going under Wallace Road, via City of Salem FB
|This shows a late stage with the SRC connections|
Here's the full meeting packet with agenda, maps, action plan summary, and details on proposed new study.
WSRAB meets Wednesday, December 2nd from 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM in the West Salem Public Library, 395 Glen Creek Road NW.
For all notes on the Edgewater District, including additional thoughts on the undercrossing see here.
North Gateway Redevelopment Advisory Board
NGRAB meets on Thursday, and they have their own study and project. They'll be getting an update on the Portland Road Corridor Action Plan.
They've got another survey out as they drill more closely into and try to rank specific project concepts.
|Specific sidewalk and bike lanes questions|
Here's the agenda and meeting packet.
The North Gateway Redevelopment Advisory Board meets Thursday the 3rd at 8:00 AM in the Center 50+, Classroom A, 2615 Portland Road NE.
For previous notes on the Portland Road Study see here.
Fairview Park Planning
Planning for the proposed Fairview park is zipping along! It feels like this process is going much faster than the Minto one did. Maybe that's because Minto is bigger or maybe just because we don't follow parks processes all that closely here. In any case, they've got a survey out on proposed features and uses.
|A menu of potential park elements and features|
|Latest site conditions map - with slopes, views, trees|
|Le Breton Hall shortly after construction at|
the Oregon State Institution for the Feeble-Minded
circa 1908 - WU Archives
So hopefully the resulting park will not just be an ornamental emptiness that is occasionally full, but usually empty.
The next public meeting with be December 16th. See the City's park planning site for regular updates.
Update, Wednesday the 2nd - from a "Future Report" on the park, dated December 7th for Monday's Council meeting:
Staff recommends that the Agreement be amended to require the Seller to deconstruct the building [Le Breton Hall] prior to transferring the land to the City. This recommendation is based on the high cost ($140,000) to secure and weatherize the building; the ongoing annual cost to secure building; the anticipated high cost to renovate the building for an as of yet undetermined use; the lack of funding source for the renovation, and; the lack of funding source to maintain and operate the building after it has been renovated.This is terrible news. There will be more to say later this week in the City Council preview.
Planning Commission Heads-up
The Planning Commission is tentatively scheduled to hear a couple of meaty matters on December 15th.
The proposed Goodwill at Edgewater and Wallace will formally appear for a site plan review, and Public Works will present a suite of proposed amendments to the Transportation System Plan.
There will be more to say when the Staff Reports come out!