The LA Times‘ Road Sage, Steve Hymon, asks today in the Bottleneck Block, what can Portland teach Los Angeles about transportation?
I recently spent a long weekend in Portland, Ore. The trip was for fun, but it was hard not to look and sometimes marvel at the many things that Portland does well on the transportation front and wonder if they can be applied here.
The somewhat starry eyed analysis looks at cycling, light rail, parking downtown, the bus mall, the streetcar, and even the tram.
Clearly, a city like LA is a different beast than Portland, not just in size, but in political culture. Decades ago Portland chose, and stuck to, a path that deviated from that taken by most of the country. Portland is now reaping the transportation benefits, in particular, and providing an example to other cities.