· Portland recently had the nation's worst increase in traffic congestion?
· Portland almost had the shortest school year in the country.
· Major employers are leaving the city
· The downtown economy is heavily subsidized with tax dollars from the rest of the
· The school enrollment in the Portland School District declines while the suburban
districts can hardly keep up with enrollment growth
· High Density will reduce pollution.
Trimet likes to brag about their tremendous increase in ridership, but compared to
population growth, they gained only 1% over the last full decade for which census
data is available (1990-2000). At that rate they will have half of us out of our
cars in only 500 years. There is a strong correlation between income level and transit
use (people tend to get a car as soon as they can afford one) and our strong surge
in immigrants may be the sole reason for Trimet's market share gain
You should also note that their reported ridership numbers are deceptive. They are
boardings, not people, so if you transfer to get to work, you count as two boardings
each way for a total of four boardings in one round trip to work and back.