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Eric Miller's comments:
I live in Sellwood/Westmoreland and I'm lucky because I don't have to commute, via transit or otherwise, but I am a firm supporter of public transportation.
Right now there are 3 huge transportation projects right around my neighborhood: portland-milwuakie lightrail, sellwood bridge and the Lake Oswego Streetcar. it concerns me that there appears to be very little if any integration or larger scale planning on these projects together: the projects seem to be in their own worlds.
To Mayor Adam's credit, by pushing streetcar across the Sellwood Bridge he's forcing some integration. However, he's doing that without any analysis of whether or not it makes financial sense to put streetcar along Tacoma Street for that 1 or more mile between the Sellwood Bridge and 99E and a future Tacoma Station for the Milwaukie MAX line. I would argue that we should do this analysis before spending $6M or more putting rails across a new bridge. Would it make more fiscal sense to have a bus along Tacoma?
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