YouthPass, Portland Public Schools’ free universal transit program for high schoolers, seems to be moving closer to a long-term local funding deal. At Wednesday’s Portland city council meeting, Mayor Adams agreed to back down from a threat to unilaterally force TriMet to fund the program. Instead, he’ll take 30 days to continue negotiating with TriMet over a possible cost-sharing deal among the city, transit agency and school district.
I’ve updated our wiki page on YouthPass to reflect this, along with some other improvements that I think continue to make it the best one-stop page for information about YouthPass, who it benefits, and what it costs. Soon, I’m hoping to publish some reactions to Scott Johnson’s interesting suggestion this week that the party playing hardball here should really be PPS – against the state. Stay tuned.
Also, this is the start of an online open house at which people can respond to a questionnaire that will shape planning of the future MAX line to Hillsdale, Tualatin, Tigard and Sherwood.
Or maybe it’s a future bus rapid transit line. Or maybe it’s just a few more frequent buses running down Barbur. Who knows? One thing that seems certain: anti-transit, anti-planning activists will loudly oppose increased density and light rail in the area.
In celebration of that certainty, I’ve made a few improvements to our developing wiki page about the Southwest Corridor project. The survey has drawn about 100 submissions so far; if you’re interested in improving low-car life in the Southwest, don’t miss the chance to fill it out.