Wednesday, March 28, 2012


Whenever possible we will provide more than one version: plain text, WordPerfect, HTML, and/or PDF. (To read and print the Portable Data Format (PDF) versions, you will need special software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader, which can be downloaded to your machine.)

  1. Beyond the Field of Dreams : light rail and growth management in Portland / G.B. Arrington, Jr. / Portland, OR : Tri-Met, September 1996.
    Complete document (44 pages) in PDF format; also in HTML format.The Portland region has received considerable attention for a two decade long experiment balancing land use and transportation. The region took the road less traveled by saying "yes" to growth without the negatives of more cars and freeway lanes. Today, Portland offers a quality of life that is the envy of much of the nation. This paper surveys the roots of the Portland strategy by examining where the region has been, the results so far, and our choices for the future.
  2. Planning and Design for Transit / Portland, OR : Tri-Met, March 1993.
    This 200-page document describes a foundation strategy for implementing policies and standards to achieve transit supportive development. It covers the key characteristics of density, land use patterns, and design that provide the building blocks for transit supportive communities. Each chapter focuses on a different aspect of the land use/development continuum including: land use policies and principles; transit supportive project examples and market performance measures; site design guidelines; zoning ordinances, and; a strategy for implementation in the Portland region.For information about the content of this document, please contact Kim Knox in Tri-Met's Transit Development Group. To purchase the document (photocopy, $5.00), please call Nancy Luce at (503) 239-6711.
  3. Planning and Design for Transit Handbook / Portland, OR : Tri-Met, January 1996.
    Overview, table of contents, and introduction in PDF format. Introduction in HTML format (no graphics or pictures).This Handbook is intended as a reference document for those implementing transit supportive land use and transportation plans, development projects, and street improvement projects. It is a follow-up to Tri-Met's Planning and Design for Transit and targets current and long-range planners, developers, architects, engineers, consultants, and community leaders. It is based upon lessons learned from "real world" experiences with adopted land use and transportation plans, land use ordinances, and development and roadway improvements. The current Handbook includes three sections: Guidelines for Land Use and Transportation Plans, Guidelines for Site and Building Design, and Guidelines for Design of Bus-Related Facilities in Multimodal Streets. For information about the content of this document, please contact Kim Knox in Tri-Met's Transit Development Group. To purchase the complete document (3-ring, loose leaf binder, $10.00), please call Nancy Luce at (503) 239-6711.
  4. Strategic Direction / Portland, OR : Tri-Met, June 1996.
    Complete document in HTML format.For more information about Tri-Met and its plans for the future, please contact G.B. Arrington, Jr., Tri-Met's Director of Strategic Planning. On March 31, 1993, the Tri-Met Board of Directors approved a new mission statement and direction for Tri-Met, setting the agency on a bold new course for the future. Being just a "bus company" no longer meets the needs of people in this region. Listening to our customers taught us that, to meet their needs and keep the region moving, we've got to think and act differently. This vision introduces new services such as mini-buses in neighborhoods that have never had transit before, a network of transit corridors, and programs to advocate bicycle and pedestrian access throughout the region. Just as people's lives have become more diversified, so must Tri-Met. This strategic vision articulates Tri-Met's response to changing customer needs as well as to local, state, and federal mandates for how we get around.
  5. Under Construction: Building a Livable Future : Summaries of Regional Transportation and Land Use Projects / Riis, Liz, editor / Portland, OR : Tri-Met, June 1996.
    Tri-Met and its partners throughout the region are engaged in land use activities that are intended to fulfill the mission of assuring increased mobility in our growing, compact urban region.The summaries presented here, in HTML format, provide a reference for transportation and land use development activities throughout the region. A short description is given for each program or project--including its objectives, current status, and next steps.
  6. Westside Light Rail Study / Knaap, Gerrit, Principal Investigator / Champaign, IL : University of Illinois, 1996.
    Development along the light rail corridor in Washington County, Oregon, is affected by a wide variety of factors. Members of the Department of Urban Planning at the University of Illinois are using a geographic information system to analyze and display this development over time. The factors used in this project include real estate transactions and building permits as these relate to distance from the light rail alignment.This paper is on-line, and provides on-going information about this project as well as graphic illustrations of preliminary findings. In addition to an interesting illustration of development along the westside light rail corridor, this effort offers new methods for tracking and analyzing development patterns as they occur across space and through time.
  7. I-5 Bridge Trunnion Repair Project: Tri-Met Operations and Mitigation Plan
    In spring 1997, the Oregon Department of Transportation notified Portland area agencies and jurisdictions of an urgent need to repair the I-5 Interstate Bridge trunnion on the northbound span. The trunnion is the wheel and shaft mechanism that raises and lowers the vertical lift draw span. A growing crack has been discovered, and estimates indicate that if no action is taken the crack will grow and eventually cause the trunnion to fail, resulting in a catastrophic drop of the 700 ton bridge span counterweight and the 1,400 ton span itself. The event is estimated to occur between 1999 and 2019, with the most likely date of 2009. The longer the repair project is delayed, the higher the probability of the trunnion's failure. In order to repair the trunnion, the bridge must be closed for approximately 21 consecutive days, commencing September 16, 1997. All north and southbound traffic will be routed across the southbound span. At least one lane in each direction will remain open at all times. A reversible center lane will be employed on the bridge to respond to increased traffic during each peak hour. Severe traffic congestion as a result of the bridge closure will not be limited to the I-5 corridor, but will likely be felt regionally. Impacts to the transit system will be most severe in North and Northeast Portland, but could be felt as far south as Powell Blvd. Not only freeways, but major arterials will become congested (particularly those with freeway access) as commuters seek alternate routes to and from work. This report documents Tri-Met's operational plan during the project. It does not address other sizable mitigation efforts conducted by other agencies and jurisdictions.

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