The Oregonian has a story this morning about Commissioner Sam Adams’ plan to extend streetcar services to the eastside. As a Portland resident, I feel kind of upset. Here’s why.
I live in the southwest, near Hillsdale and Multnomah Village. I work near Washington Square in Tigard. The 4.5 mile drive takes me about 10 minutes. I would love to take public transportation, regardless of the fact that my car has a pretty small carbon footprint. However, taking the bus would add over an hour to my commute. Over the course of a week, that extra time spent on buses would be equivalent to working another day.
If I worked downtown, which is about 7 miles away, I could get there by public transportation in almost half the time it would take me to take the bus to where I work now. I think it’s time to start looking at better public transportation options for those of us who don’t already have a streetcar line within a 15-minute stroll of our high-rise condos.