Downtown group asks Portland to delay free rail zone decision


Portland’s Downtown Neighborhood Association is asking the city to postpone a decision on eliminating the free rail zone from parts of downtown.

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Portland’s Downtown Neighborhood Association is asking the city to postpone a decision on eliminating the free rail zone from parts of downtown.

In a letter sent to city officials Monday, neighborhood association members say they and others have not had enough time to respond to the possible fareless square change, which would be discussed at the streetcar board’s Wednesday meeting. The association’s letter asked the city’s Bureau of Transportation, which operates the streetcar system, to push the discussion back to the board’s December meeting, providing enough time for “meaningful information-gathering, citizen input, and public deliberation.”

“Fareless transit in downtown Portland is one of the city’s greatest accomplishments,” said Felicia Williams, chairwoman of the Downtown Neighborhood Association. “Just a few weeks ago, Travel & Leisure magazine named Portland No. 1 in the country on Public Transportation and Pedestrian Friendliness. This is the sort of hard-won achievement no amount of PR could ever buy and, sadly, it looks like we’re preparing to walk away from it.”

Read more at The Portland Tribune.

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