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T4A PNW Update: The Hard Work Begins

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With Oregon’s transportation package signed, the hard work of implementation begins. Likewise, we will need to work hard together to defend federal transit, TIGER and passenger rail funding, and continue to learn and innovate – working smarter-not-harder – to choose the right investments for the future. Read on.

Passing OR’s transportation package was the beginning of the hard work
Governor Kate Brown has been conducting signing ceremonies in communities throughout Oregon this week to celebrate the passage of Oregon’s transportation package. While the governor, legislature and stakeholders are enjoying this victory lap on a big legislative effort, the hard work of implementing the bill is yet to come. Check out our blog post.

Reminder: Join T4A’s Sign-on Letter
We are asking your organization, or you as an individual elected official to join a letter calling for full funding for Transit CIG (New Starts / Small Starts), TIGER and passenger rail programs. Use this form to sign on by Labor Day! Thanks to the many of you who have already signed.

Transitioning from LOS to VMT – CA Expertise in Portland
Mon., Sept. 11, 8:45-10:15am, Portland State University
California’s SB 743 changes requirements on how to measure traffic impacts. Instead of looking at delay at only nearby intersections, the law requires consideration of overall traffic impacts across a region. This law is already starting to change development in the Golden State, resulting in more incentive programs to drive less and different mixtures of land uses to reduce transportation impacts. You can learn more about this and other topics at the Transportation & Communities Summit on Sept. 11 at Portland State University.

Study Shows EmX BRT in Eugene Supports Livability
Investments in high-capacity public transit such as light rail and subways continue to demonstrate their ability to substantially increase property values along transit alignments. But can we say the same about buses? The National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC), in partnership with Transportation for America, released an early study last year that found that BRT can indeed generate economic development, attract jobs, retails, and affordable housing. Building on that research, NITC recently published a new study that takes a closer look at the impact of one specific BRT system. Researchers examined the Emerald Express (EmX) — a BRT system that connects downtown Eugene to Springfield, Oregon — and found that the EmX line improved the livability of the surrounding communities. Read about it here.

Upcoming Events

Transportation Choices’ “Transit Heroes 2017”
Thurs., Sept. 7, The Westin Hotel, Seattle

Transportation & Communities Summit
Mon.-Tues., Sept. 11-12, Portland State University Campus

SSTI Webinar: Advancements in measuring bicycle and pedestrian accessibility
Tues., Sept. 12, 12pm, Register here.

Washington State Rideshare Organization Annual Conference
Oct. 9-10, Wenatchee

Thanks for all you do!

Chris Rall, Program Manager, Pacific Northwest
chris.rall@xxxxxxxxxxxxxph: 971-230-4745
Transportation For America
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