Dr. Know: Why can't TriMet schedule the MAX trains so that I don't just miss my connecting train?

Dr. Know
My commute entails changing MAX trains at the Rose Quarter. Nearly every time, I arrive just in time to see the connecting train leaving. Why can’t TriMet use Transit Tracker data to adjust    More
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Train Stains

How often are MAX cars cleaned?

Dr. Know
A few weeks ago, an unusually disturbing specimen shared part of my morning commute on the MAX Green Line. It made me wonder how often the cars are wiped down and what chemicals are used, beca   More
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Light Rail, Heavy Expenditures

Why does light rail cost so much?

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Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail cost $1.5 billion for 7.3 miles, or $205 million per mile. I’m a mass-transit fan, but yikes! I don’t see gold leaf on any of the new tracks, so I’m stumped. Ho   More
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Clackamas Light Rail Vote Doesn't Really Mean Anything


The ballot measure language for Clackamas County's May 21 vote on light rail is out, and the wording is just as confusing as most of what's going on down there.Clackamas County is in the throes of a light rail rebellion. Board of Commission Chairman John Ludlow and Commissioner Tootie Smith were swept into office on the back of anti-Portland creep sentiment and funded by Stimson Lumber CEO Andrew ...   More
Friday, March 29, 2013 by Andrea Damewood

Dr. Know: Orange You Glad it's MAX?

What is the city doing at the Southeast Clinton Street railroad crossing on 11th and 12th avenues?

Dr. Know
What the fuck is the city doing at the Southeast Clinton Street railroad crossing on 11th and 12th avenues?   More
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Washington Congresswoman to CRC: Start Over


Now that Clark County voters have said no to a light-rail sales tax, the county’s Congresswoman is saying "no" to the Columbia River Crossing.The Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River needs a redesign, says U.S. Rep Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.) and nine other Republican lawmakers in a statement released today. Voters in Clark County rejected Proposition 1, a 0.1 percent sales tax hike that ...   More
Thursday, November 8, 2012 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Light Rail Bridge to Nowhere: Clark County Voters Are Saying No to MAX Tax

A defeat would be a setback for the Columbia River Crossing Project


Clark County voters are leaning against a sales tax for light rail tonight. And while a defeat may not derail the Columbia River Crossing, it would represent the start of a long, new fight.Many in the county framed the vote—a 0.1 percent sales tax increase—as a referendum on the entire $3.5 billion CRC project, and results this evening show the measure failing by 56 percent to 44 percent. The measure ...   More
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Dr. Know: A-Bridged Entendre

What’s the deal with the two towers that are being erected in the river south of the Marquam bridge?

Dr. Know
I drive over the Marquam Bridge every day and cannot figure out the purpose of the two towers that are being erected...   More
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 MARTY SMITH

TriMet Life

I rode for three days and 242 miles on public transit. Here’s who I met.

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The No. 6 bus is doing just fine until the wheelchairs show up. A soaking Tuesday has cleared into afternoon blue skies. The southbound No. 6 leaves Jantzen Beach at 3:22 pm, so empty that passe   More
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 AARON MESH

Dr. Know: Classically Trained

What's the thinking behind playing classical music at MAX stops?

Dr. Know
Every morning as the MAX doors open at Lloyd Center, I hear the sounds of opera. I think I know the thinking behind this, but could you please illuminate us on whether the strategy is working?&nbs   More
Wednesday, February 8, 2012 MARTY SMITH


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