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At climate summit, leaders support transportation investments

More buses. Smarter roads. Better sidewalks and bikeways. All gathered support from the morning gathering of dozens of elected officials. That support isn't surprising. The leaders were spending on a currency of moral imperative, guided by a budget they've already laid out in policies that have been adopted from city councils and county commissions from across the region.

Citizen-Oversight Group Praises Zoo Bond Implementation

Elephants at the ZooThe Oregon Zoo continues to deliver on promises made in 2008, when the region’s voters approved a $125 million zoo bond measure promoting animal welfare and sustainability, a citizen-oversight group reports. At a meeting of the Metro Council yesterday, the Oregon Zoo Bond Citizens’ Oversight Committee commended Metro and zoo staff for their effectiveness in implementing a host of projects funded by the community-supported bond measure as well as for its responsiveness in addressing committee recommendations and questions.

Metro area garbage rates could decrease next year

Residents of the Portland region could see a decrease in their monthly garbage bill if the Metro Council approves an ordinance this week. But rates for composting will go up as a result of the same action.

Communities looking at smaller transit systems to address local needs

Local groups take charge of public transportation as TriMet looks for community partners.

A Hyatt, a levy and development everywhere: Metro's 2013 stories of the year

The Portland region's government was busy on projects stretching across the area, from studying a transit line to Tualatin, to negotiating to build a hotel in Portland's Lloyd District, to helping with the planning process for a site near Willamette Falls, to figuring out how to curb the region's tailpipe emissions.

Brownfield program helps former gas station takes step toward new life as park

Eichler park expansionThe fenced-off empty lot next to Eichler Park in Beaverton may look about the same as it has for years. But for staff at Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District, the unassuming enclosure, formerly a gas station, just became a lot more promising.

Council awards $68 million in transportation funds, with a call for more support from state

The approval of the allocation of Regional Flexible Funds for 2016-2018 was expected, but it came with a rebuke of state highway funding priorities from one Metro councilor.

New tool helps MWESB contractors connect with Metro

Collaboration between Metro and certified MWESB contractors – minority-owned, women-owned or emerging small businesses ­– will be made easier starting this month, thanks to an online tool designed to more easily connect the two.

Agreement means free transit passes for convention goers

MAXVisitors to the Oregon Convention Center will have free access to the region's transit system after Metro councilors approved a deal with TriMet on Thursday.

Metro seeks applicants for influential transportation committee

Metro’s Transportation Policy Alternatives Committee, or TPAC, is seeking volunteers interested in transportation issues. Three community-member appointments are open for two-year terms starting in January. Applications will be accepted until Oct. 18, 2013. The Metro Council expects to make the appointments in November.