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Thursday, January 10, 2013

It could have been much worse

A streetcar and an auto collided this morning on Portland's east side. It's a good thing it happened before the height of the morning rush hour -- otherwise, that streetcar might have had two or three people on it, and they could have gotten hurt.

Comments (16)

What would passengers be doing on the Eastside streetcar at rush hour?

If you're going to "Grossology" at OMSI, it's best to get there earlier in the day, before the smells get really bad.

Throw a snowflake in the mix and the city could have been applying for federal disaster aid.

It must have been the mass that caused the damage of the street car, because it sure couldn't be the energy (as speed of a Portlunia streetcar is nearly zero).
I can't beat Bojack's humor, though. Funny, funny man.

Scientists at OHSU now believe the collision was so strong that it created sub-particles of equity.

"There were no injuries, police said, and the scene was clear within 30 minutes". It took 30 minutes for a streetcar maintenance person to show up and instruct the driver how to put the trolley in reverse.

Related - L.O. trolley coming back:


It won't go anywhere (not even to the break at the Sellwood Bridge), but it's back, baby.

Thanks Downtown for the LO trolley link. Looks like a the free lease is necessary to protect easement rights and get money from Multnomah County. What else can be added to bridge maintenance?

It was a pick up (not an auto) and a miserable creature was spotted trying to run away.
His trousers kept falling down to his knees.
The creature kept shouting "don't you know who I am?" all the while pushing his hipster glasses back on his face with his middle finger.
A trait he learned while sitting through public meetings.

L.O. trolley is back because if the line is not used the right of way can revert to the property owners along it. Use it or lose it. It has not been used for a couple of years now, so they are in danger of losing it.
The regional rail mafia needs to operate this tourist excursion so that they can bring back a transit project someday when they regain control of our city. From the article:
"Members of a government consortium oversee the line itself to ensure the public preserves the historical right of way for a future mass-transit route."

Yes it's about refreshing the right-of-way; but, that seems silly given how the Sellwood Bridge area is going to remain torn up (i.e. there's no track) for some time to come.

The right-of-way ends just south of Bancroft St. The active Portland Streetcar tracks are just a block north at Lowell. I'll bet they won't re-pave Bancroft anytime soon.

LO trolley provides a valuable precursor experience to the 1%ers who WILL abandon the S-Class for the coming bullet train to the SoWhat district and make use of the unionized pedi-cabs for a final leg to work.

We've got the right dynamic for the new frontier.

I question if the 1980 purchase agreement by the six governmental agencies is meeting the requirement that the total line is totally operational to prevent it reverting back to the owners along the line. First, it hasn't been operational for over two years. Secondly the Tribune article states that only about 2 miles of the 7 miles will be operating with the leased trolleys. Then, in the distant future only about 4 miles will be operational.

Property owners along the line should investigate whether the limited use, and not having connectivity to the north portion from South Waterfront to the Sellwood Bridge and even farther to south of the tunnel meets the legal requirements.

Don't SE Grand Ave and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd run parallel to one another? How could this accident have occurred at an intersection that doesn't, to my knowledge, exist?

Just attended one of the ODOT-sponsored High-Speed Train meetings. Yup. The fix is in.

By early 2015 the final decisions will be made -- or sooner if the project is "fast tracked" as desired. The route through LO is off the table, but the pricey one along I-5 looks like a good bet to beat out Oregon City. No train tracks on I-5 (yet), but it's only money. The good folks at CH2MHILL who are helping ODOT will find a way to make the impossible doable.

ODOT has moved beyond the "need" phase into the alignment phase, and there is just NO ONE around to STOP this thing. Since no one city is being impacted (maybe they are staying away from LO because we WILL fight back), there is no resistance to the rail mafia this time. Is there?

Nolo, you're right about "the fix is in".

It's like the upcoming new Portland Comprehensive Plan that is having public review in February for the Southwest Portland area. As reported in the SW Portland Post, "Some Commission [Planning Commission] members questioned whether the February events will in fact allow the public to weigh in on choices not already made." City Planner Sandra Wood responded that, "Some things may be more open than others, but it's definitely not BAKED."

Portland's Planning and Sustainability Executive Susan Anderson also lead everyone to think that everything is on the table from no-growth to high density/rezoning all neighborhoods and street/road corridors. Sure, Susan, we believe you, like we believe the on-going ODOT hearings on high speed trains.

They call all these public meetings "public involvement". And public officials think of them as our voting opportunity. What a sham!

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