Salem Area Trail Alliance Benefit
|Green! Geer Bike Park in January - via SATA|
|Brown: Aerial composite of Geer Bike Park last summer- via SATA|
|A representative Roscoe 8 - via SATA|
2nd Annual Geer Bike Park fundraiser & film night at Scott's Cycle! February 23rd, 2018. 6-9pm. $12 admission. Free beer and food from Venti's Cafe + Taphouse. Cider provided by our friends at Wandering Angus Ciderworks!Scott's is at 147 Commercial St. SE, just south of State and Commercial.
|Congestion Relief Task Force Agenda|
From the list of support staff, it looks like this committee is set up to fail. The support staff is too much "business as usual" and does not contain enough ideological diversity to support healthy debate and real analysis. There is a real risk the end result is ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ and impetus towards a restoration of the SRC process.
So two things to consider:
- Councilors on the Committee will need to push back hard and be skeptical.
- Councilors may need to ask for a different composition in support staff and consultants.
Julie excels in managing public involvement projects related to land use and transportation. She creatively guides public and private organizations to clear outcomes. A resident of Oregon since 1987, Julie has a vast network of trusting relationships with a wide variety of advocacy organizations and public agencies. With 25 years in public involvement, land use and transportation planning, Julie understands how to involve diverse interests, facilitate efficient decision-making, interpret local, state, and federal rules and regulations, bridge the gap between technical experts and the public, and deliver a successful product on time and on budget.What are we actually getting out of that? Council should address in a more forthright way the reasons for the particular composition of the consultant team.
In the agenda and meeting packet for the February 12 Work Session is the letter Cherriots wrote supporting a major change in the way the Board is selected at the Legislature (here is the letter separately):
The Board supports SB 1536 with the seven-year moratorium [on new funding]. The Board was able to arrive at this position because their number one goal is to ensure that the transit system in Salem-Keizer meets the needs of the community. This bill, as written, contains provisions that will result in some current board members losing their position. This is a compromise the board is willing to accept, solely due to the language in the bill that provides the new board with the same funding options provided to other mass transit districts in Oregon. As such, we believe that the two major provisions of the bill, the governance model change and teh funding mechanism, are intrinsically linked....That sounds good, but gee, it will be a bummer to lose local election and control of the board. I don't know criticism of LTD, but there is great criticism of Tri-Met that they have invested too greatly in light-rail and not enough in ordinary bus service and in bus rapid transit. There is a strand of criticism that too much money goes to big, fancy capital projects and indirectly to developer subsidies, and not enough to the basic nuts-and-bolts of regular bus service.
This bill would bring the District's board governance and finance structure in line with other urban centers around the state. Both Tri-Met and Lane Transit District have demonstrated success with the model. [link added]
|Emx station in Springfield on Pioneer Parkway|
at Centennial Boulevard (the art is "McKenzie Drift")
via Wildish Construction
Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett said to his knowledge, the bill does not hand control of the transit district to the business community.So that's something to watch and, truthfully, to be a little wary of.
He’s confident that the governor would look broadly across the community for board members.
In the packet for last night's meeting are some other bits of minor interest:
- [The GM] advised that the District submitted a formal offer to Walmart for property for the South Salem Transit Center project, to be paid for with a Connect Oregon grant. The District is awaiting Walmart’s response.
- [The GM] reported that the City of Salem’s Task Force on Near-Term Solutions to Reduce Bridge Congestion has hired a consultant to do a document review. He talked with a task force member about being sure to include the Board’s transit alternative recommendation. [see note above on the committee's diversity!]
- A work session was held in January 2018 with ODOT Active Transportation staff, Cherriots Trip Choice staff and 20 Transportation Options partners from across the state. The purpose of the work session was to begin evaluation of other ridematching platforms and Transportation Demand Management tools that the state is considering as the Drive Less Connect replacement [because the current software is lousy!]. The needs of each TO program were evaluated and ranked according to the importance of specific aspects of such a tool.