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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.

Join Councilor Harrington next Thursday, April 17

Please join me and Metro Councilor [Councilor] next Thursday at the Beaverton Library for a discussion on how you live, work and get around the region today and what changes you would like to see in the future. I am hoping to hear from the many diverse voices of Washington County, giving all of us a chance to learn from each other.  The conversation will an opportunity for you to express your vision for the future to the Metro Council and inform several upcoming regional decisions.

Community leaders speak out on tailpipe reduction, say transit is a priority

Ideas for the future of transportation in the Portland region flew fast and furious last week as community leaders provided feedback on six proposals for Metro's efforts to curb tailpipe emissions in the Portland region. Those ideas came at two workshops used to gather perspectives on transportation in order to shape the region's preferred approach for reducing greenhouse gases.

Small town regionalism: Relationship between westside cities, Metro seems to warm

For all of the tension between regionalism and local control in parts of the Portland region, Forest Grove and Cornelius present a hopeful case study – that tensions settle, that attitudes change, and that everyone benefits in the end.

Communities looking at smaller transit systems to address local needs

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

Metro hires new planning director to help write next chapter in region’s success

Christopher Wierzbicki currently is the deputy director of the King County Washington Road Services Division of the Department of Transportation, where he helped create a stable financial foundation and strategic plan to make the most of the county’s roads and bridges. He also helped King County’s leaders create a new Transportation Benefit District proposal.

The Westside Trail's finish line is in sight

The blueprint for the Westside Trail is almost complete. After a two-year planning process led by Metro, a final draft of the master plan will be available for review and public comment from Feb. 6 -28.

TPAC appointees look for funding, expansion

Metro’s Transportation Policy Alternatives Committee, or TPAC, is an advisory committee that reviews regional plans and federally funded transportation projects across the three-county Portland area. TPAC is comprised of 15 transportation professionals appointed by area jurisdictions, and six at-large community members. TPAC community representatives bring a various areas of representation and expertise to the regional transportation conversation.

New implementation advisory group, local transit upgrades for Southwest Corridor

During the Jan. 13 Southwest Corridor Plan Steering Committee meeting, approval of an implementation advisory committee and presentations on enhanced local bus service and multimodal projects stole the show from discussion of high capacity transit.

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.