Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Harold Street Station

Harold Street Station, which boarders the Sellwood-Moreland and Brooklyn neighborhoods, is only a proposed Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail MAX station stop. Tri-Met has not committed to building this stop as part of the project plan or including it in the Supplemental Environmental Impact Study (SEIS). Inclusion of the Harold stop in the project is really based on strong neighborhood support for the station.

At a recent Citizen's Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting, Tri-Met presented a further study of Harold street which appears to conclude that ridership/households served would not provide an adequate project return on investment, in addition to adversely impacting the trains' schedule with the additional stop. The average cost of the Harold station built at-grade, is estimated by Tri-Met to be between $4M to $5M. I would expect the price tag closer to the $5M range, since there would need to be at least 1 or more pedestrian bridge features at this station to accommodate Union Pacific's train tracks and McLaughlin Blvd.

In the ridership and cost/benefit study presented to the CAC, it was also found that the overlapping service radius of Holgate and Bybee stations covered portions of the proposed Harold street service area, reducing the potential ridership of households serviced by the Harold platform.

To illustrate this point, Tri-Met presented a graphic which I have attempted to recreate here (and is not to scale). Harold services approximately 1,800 households in the service radius. When looking at the overlap of the Holgate and Bybee radius, the Harold service area is reduced to only approximately 800 households (see below).

Do you live in the proposed Harold station area? Do you feel that this station would be needed on the MAX line or would you rather not have a station at this location and prefer to use Holgate or Bybee?

Please feel free to post a relevant comment answering the questions above. You can also send email to me, Mike at and I will make your views known at the next CAC meeting. Even better, attend a CRC meeting (schedule linked on the right) and provide public comment to the committee.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Happy 2008 ! -- New Year Light Rail Update

I hope everyone had a great holiday season. I am thankful that the December CAC meeting was cancelled, as I was able to focus on the upcoming holidays and finishing various personal projects.

With January, the CAC will meet 2 times each month. This is to accommodate the increasing amount of information for the SEIS (Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement) report.

I have updated the Google calendar (to the right of this page) to reflect the current meeting schedule. There will be other items and agendas that will be added, but this is the general schedule for the CAC in 2008.

In addition, I have posted January's Light Rail Project Updates. Click on the link to this PDF file.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Tonight: Tuesday Nov. 27th SE Station Open House!

Tonight and tomorrow night, Metro will be hosting an Open House for Light Rail Station Planning in Southeast Portland from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM:

Monday November 26, 2007
Sellwood Middle School Cafeteria

8300 SE 15th Ave.

Tuesday November 27, 2007
OMSI Auditorium

1945 SE Water Ave.

Learn about community ideas from the workshops held in October and share input regarding station area planning.

In Sellwood-Moreland, the station areas are along the SE McLoughlin Blvd alignment. See the Google StreetView links on the sidebar or click on the links below:

SE Harold (proposed)
SE Bybee
SE Tacoma (park & ride)

You still have time to submit station comments to Metro by December 1st, 2007, by emailing or call (503) 797-1756.

For more information and materials for station planning, go here:

For more information on SE Light Rail online, go here:

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Thursday Oct. 11: Community Workshop on Future Southeast Portland Light Rail Stations

This Thursday, October 11 from 6 PM to 8:30 PM at Sellwood Middle School:

Community Workshop on Future Southeast Portland Light Rail Stations

Thursday October 11, 6 PM to 8:30 PM
Sellwood Middle School Cafeteria
8300 SE 15th Ave.
This workshop will focus on station areas
around SE Harold St., SE Bybee, SE
Tacoma St. off SE McLoughlin Blvd.

Preview documents here:

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Metro forming Portland - Milwaukie Light Rail Security Taskforce

Portland - Milwaukie Light Rail Security Taskforce Info

As part of the standardized SDEIS process of acquiring community input, Metro is forming a Safety and Security Taskforce for the Portland – Milwaukie LTR Phase II alignment. Operational traffic safety and security for riders, pedestrians, bikes and automobiles is a key aspect to the design of the light rail stations. Members of the communities where these stations are located often have keen insight into specific safety and security impacts and can provide valuable input for the project and design goals. This committee will run complimentary to the existing CAC committee, but be focused on operational safety and security.

Operational Safety and Security of SE Light Rail

Late September/ October 2007

Tour existing light rail systems with a focus on operational safety and security

Meet 2 to 3 times as a committee to plan community meetings/ next steps.

The committee will provide recommendations and synthesize a plan for each light rail station on the project route by the end of the SDEIS process in the June/ July 2008 timeframe.

At the close of SDEIS, the committee may chose to continue work throughout the construction/implementation phase of the project

Those interested in participating in the Portland – Milwaukie Light Rail Security Task Force should contact:

Phillip Kennedy-Wong
Sr. Public Affairs Coordinator - Metro
600 NE Grand Ave.
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 797-1755
(503) 797-1799, fax

Monday, July 30, 2007

Citizen Advisory Committee July 24th Orientation, SMILE station, The Bee Article

The Citizen Advisory Committee met on July 24th for the initial orientation. Unfortunately, this was the only proposed date which I could not attend due to a previously scheduled business trip. Metro has sent orientation materials which I will be reviewing this week. The next proposed meeting is the August 15th tour of the proposed alignment options.


The SMILE station has been offered as a central venue for ongoing CAC meetings. As Metro works through the schedule, SMILE station may be selected as the regular meeting location.


To clarify information published in the The Bee this week, this blog is not an official Metro site. This blog is intended to provide updates and solicit input from the Sellwood-Moreland neighborhood during the Citizen's Advisory Committee process. I will continue to post helpful links (to the right side of the blog) to provide resources for the project, which includes the official Metro links.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Downtown MAX service interruption July 27-29, 2007

I got this from the TriMet email list earlier this week:

"MAX service in downtown Portland will be interrupted from 7 p.m., Friday, July 27, through end of day Sunday, July 29, due to construction.

The following stations will be closed: Pioneer Square South, Pioneer Square North, Mall/SW 4th Ave, Mall/SW 5th Ave, Yamhill District.

Red and Yellow Line trains will not serve downtown Portland. Shuttle buses will be running to carry MAX riders to the next open station."

More details here on the TriMet website.