Richard J. Jackson, Chair of Environmental Health Sciences, UCLA
On June 22, Dr. Richard Jackson will discuss the link between our health and the way our communities — especially our suburbs — are designed. Obesity, asthma, diabetes and heart disease are all aggravated by the ways we live our lives today. For the first time in two centuries, children today face shorter life expectancies than their parents, due in part to unhealthy lifestyles. It doesn’t have to be this way. Dr. Jackson will talk about how well designed communities and better transportation choices can enable physical activity and improve both our physical and mental health.
David Knowles and Neil McFarlane
February 24, 2012 - 12:15pm
David Knowles, senior transit program manager, Ch2M Hill
Neil McFarlane, general manager, TriMet
ARRIVE EARLY Doors open at 11:00 AM Redistricting Report debate and vote, 11:45 AM – 12:15 PM.
Some 330,000 times a day, someone steps on to a TriMet bus, MAX light rail or WES Commuter train. While TriMet, the state’s largest transit agency, provides a critical service to our region, the agency is now facing a budget shortfall of up to $17 million. To balance this deficit, TriMet is considering service cuts and higher fares, but also more drastic actions, such as ending the city’s iconic Free Rail Zone and eliminating single-ticket round trips.
Oregon is often held up as national model for transportation planning. Since 2000, state legislators have invested in railroads, ports, transit and highways. The Oregon Department of Transportation has streamlined project delivery and improved environmental results. The 2009 Jobs and Transportation Act ensured accountability and innovation in transportation funding, including funding for public transit.
Rebuilding, Renewing, and Recovering
December 5, 2008 - 12:15pm
Hope. Change. Yes we can. President-elect Barack Obama built his campaign around these three concepts. What kinds of changes, if any, can American’s realistically hope for from the new administration?
June 27, 2008 - 5:00pm
The I-5 bridge across the Columbia River is a major congestion point on the I-5 corridor. Anticipated population growth and commercial development, along with traffic safety issues and earthquake preparedness, are driving a public conversation around how to address these challenges.The Columbia River Crossing Project, a joint project of the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Washington State Department of Transportation, is recommending that $4.2 billion be spent to replace the bridge with additional lanes for automobiles, pedestrians and bicycles.
October 26, 2007 - 5:00pm
The Port of Portland’s marine and aviation facilities play an integral role in the region’s economy and quality of life by providing cargo and air passenger access to national and global markets. According to a 2007 study, Port activities indirectly support over 80,000 jobs and produce more that $1.75 billion in total income for the region.
Challenges and Opportunities in Portland Metro-Area Public Transportation
December 7, 2007 - 4:00pm
TriMet is the municipal corporation providing public transportation for much of the three counties in the Portland metro area. A national leader in providing transit service, TriMet’s light-rail and bus system carries more people than any other U.S. transit system its size and has won national awards for design, technological innovation and delivery of services. TriMet’s success in boosting ridership is partly indicated by the fact that 70 percent of Portland metro-area riders voluntarily choose public transportation, leaving their cars at home.
June 22, 2007 - 5:00pm
Mayor Royce Pollard
Vancouver, Wash., Portland’s slightly younger neighbor to the north celebrates its 150th anniversary this year. Long overlooked — some would say snubbed — by Portlanders, Vancouver is now the fourth largest city in Washington and a neighbor whose future is key to the vitality of the Portland metropolitan area. What makes Vancouver unique? What can the two largest cities on the Columbia River learn from each other? How can Vancouver and Portland collaborate to ensure a prosperous future?
June 29, 2007 - 5:00pm
The 20th century was the century of the interstate highway, the shopping mall and the automobile. What will the 21st century bring? Join Metro Councilor Rex Burkholder and Gail Achterman, a member of the Oregon Transportation Commission, for City Club’s June 29 Friday Forum, where we’ll explore the future of transportation in Oregon — at the federal, state and regional levels.
July 20, 2007 - 5:00pm
On Friday, July 20, City Commissioner Sam Adams makes his first appearance at City Club since taking office in 2005.
Adams will outline his blueprint for the future of transportation in Portland, including his vision 50 years into the future. He will speak about his plan for a city-wide streetcar system and how global events and our everyday choices affect transportation issues. In addition, Adams will speak about providing for Portland’s basic transportation necessities, including his plan to raise $263 million over 10 years for safety, bike, bridge and paving work.