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Jim Howell
Jim Howell at an OPAL fare hike protest in September 2010

Jim Howell is a longtime active transportation and mass transit advocate in Portland. As of April 2011, he serves as director and strategic planner of AORTA.

Howell was a founder, with Ron Buel, of Sensible Transportation Options for People, one of the organizations that helped kill the planned Mount Hood Freeway in the early 1970s.

Howell later worked as a service planner for TriMet, where he was involved in the Central Eastside Transit Improvement Plan that created north-south bus lines such as the 70, 72 and 75. He also worked at the time with a young intern named Jarrett Walker.


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