Blog coverage sponsored by Drive Less Connect, ODOT’s sweet new carpool matching service.
I think it’s worth the wait. It’s a 2-D visualization of all the money sloshing around Portland’s transportation system.
It’s not about setting priorities or dictating solutions. It’s about helping you to make those decisions for yourself.
Three things I learned while making it:
- Even after fares go up, it will still be cheaper to ride the Green Line to Lents than to buy enough beef jerky to pedal there.
- Despite all the chatter, TriMet bus operator compensation is only 6 percent above average among similarly sized agencies. (However, this doesn’t include health benefits in retirement, something TriMet has promised its employees up the wazoo.)
- TriMet’s 2012 budget, including rail construction, would theoretically be enough to rent every transit commuter in the City of Portland a personal stretch limo to drive to work every weekday all year, plus a free Stumptown coffee for the morning ride. (Though not enough to build the extra highway lanes this would require.)
It’s best viewed in Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer 9 or on a tablet. Enjoy.
If you really enjoy it, you can check out the sources here – and order a limited-run 11×17 print of the poster (the lower half of this infographic) for your wall here. Guaranteed to prove the geek credentials of any Portland room for just $8.
Creative Commons money photo in the infographic by Andrew Magill.