Portland’s Light rail is About Adding High Density, not transit
Charlie Hales, Portland City Commissioner: “Often, not always, often, light rail
or streetcar push the community in a development direction that we want to go and
buses don’t seem to add much momentum to that change. (Northwest Illustrated, KOIN-TV,
Oct 7, 2001.)
Mike Burton, Portland’s Metro Executive Officer: (Referring to the Interstate Ave.
light rail line): ”the opportunity to develop along that line is just absolutely
incredible” (Emphasis added, Northwest Illustrated, KOIN-TV, Oct 7, 2001.)
Sam Adams, Portland commissioner (now Mayor):“I believe we should plan to accommodate
our share of projected regional growth ... 300,000 more Portlanders ... within ¼
mile of all existing and to-be-planned streetcar and light rail transit stops ...
Because it will simultaneously encourage responsible, transit-supportive development.
What would Portland look like .. it would look a lot like Portland circa 1920 -
a time when the main means of motion were your feet, streetcars and bikes.” (City
Club Speech July 20, 2007)
From a publication of the Portland Development Commission: “Develpoment Oriented
Transit”: Development oriented transit supports improved livability for high density
environments that support public goals for urban containment, sustainable living
and reduced dependence on an automobile . But higher density development does not
always mean a more "livable" community . In the case of development near Streetcar;
however, the package includes parallel public and private efforts.
Porland's Metro recommends 22,600 people around EVERY light rail station!
By this recommendation, Vancouver’s three initial stations would add 67,800 people
to the small area near the line. To put this in perspective, that number of people
would fill 204 MAX trains (332/train) At 3 minute spacing, this would take 10 hours
to carry all these people to work each morning and another 10 hours in the evening.
Clearly, MAX cannot do this.
How will these 67,800 more people get around?
Will they simply be trapped in their homes (along with you)?
Do You Really Think That You Will Have A Voice In Density?
They didn’t listen to the people along Burnside.
They didn’t listen to the people along Interstate.
Do you think they will listen to Vancouver?
Portland’s plan for Vancouver Rail
(Map from Portland’s METRO)
Portland’s Metro Already Has a Plan for Vancouver
This Portland’s Metro’s map, from 2000, shows that Portland’s Metro already has
a light rail plan for Vancouver . The Orange & Yellow Circles are “station communities”
and Vancouver is a regional “town center.”
Metro code (Metro code 3.07.130) recommends the following densities:
Station communities are defined as ½ mile around rail stations (ibid), so they contain
about 502 acres which is 22,600 people EACH, thus: