Most transportation services in this country were originally provided by private companies. Roads, bridges, tunnels and ferry services were paid for by those who used them. In Oregon, early examples included the Barlow Toll Road, built by Sam Barlow in the 1840s for Oregon Trail settlers, and the first Morrison Bridge, built by California investors […]
Testimony before the CRC Independent Review Committee By John Charles Download Full Testimony Here June 17, 2010 I wish to make two basic points tonight, related to: (1) tolling; and (2) TriMet’s financial viability Tolling, Variable Rates, and the Portland Highway Network For the past several years, the CRC management team has considered tolling primarily […]
Click the play button to hear the audio commentary In a 2007 national seminar, Cascade Policy Institute’s Wheels to Wealth program promoted the idea of allowing jitneys to replace low-ridership public buses. A form of mass transit, a jitney is a car or van which is not required to run on a fixed route and […]
Summary Portland’s population is expanding, but our highway and bridge network is crumbling. Market-based road pricing and de-regulated transit are the only sustainable solution, financially and environmentally, to Portland’s transportation crisis.
Summary While TriMet has agreed to some reforms in the wake of the MAX security crisis, a much better solution would be to allow consumers to have real choices in transit service. Here in Portland, privately operated automobiles formerly served successfully as unsubsidized, flexible, quasi-public transportation directly responsive to popular demand.
Summary A committee representing the three Central Oregon Counties has created a regional framework to address a more efficient, effective and equitable use of alternative transportation services. They conducted the region’s first comprehensive survey of alternative transportation services and discovered overwhelming support for transit services based on real market demand.
The Wheels to Wealth program is finally communicating with an audience it always wanted to reach out to. Program Director Sreya Sarkar took part in a debate in SE Portland that attracted the biking community of Portland.
As part of their monthly Debate Club series, the Bus Project and the Portland Mercury hosted a . . . Read more!
Ending Oregon’s War on the Poor 10 Strategies for Reducing Economic Barriers Cascade Policy Institute Legislative Leadership Forum Presented in HR 50, State Capitol Salem, Oregon noon-1pm March 16, 2007 Oregon is often seen as a “progressive” state. But many of the state’s policies make it unnecessarily difficult for the lowest-income members of society to […]
The focus of Cascade’s research program in transportation is to explore innovative, market-based mechanisms for providing transport services. Examples include privatized transit such as jitneys and bus service, privately built toll roads using electronic road pricing, congestion pricing of both public and private roads, and privatization of airports.
On May 1, Portland’s North Interstate light rail line opened for business. The cost to taxpayers was $60 million per mile, or $350 million total. The train, which runs from downtown to the Expo Center, replaces TriMet’s bus line 5, which used to go all the way to Vancouver. Now Vancouver customers must leave the […]