Robo-style ‘puzzle parking’ in Portland

Portland’s new commuting toy: Robo-style ‘puzzle parking’ – Hard Drive. Cool new parking garage in a new condo complex in southeast Portland.  Automated garages have been around for a while.  I think Japan must have a lot, but I’d have to look up some examples. Parking spots are expensive things for developers.  Developers are constantly trying to reduce parking, especially in downtown condo developments.  In … Continue reading Robo-style ‘puzzle parking’ in Portland

Second Amtrak Cascades train to Vancouver, B.C. started service August 19

WSDOT – 2009 News – Second Amtrak Cascades train to Vancouver, B.C. begins service August 19. CBC – 2nd Seattle-Vancouver train ready to roll These articles are a week or two old, but the additional train service finally started a week ago.  I went onto the Amtrak Cascades site and calculated the cost of a round trip on the train from Vancouver, BC to Seattle. … Continue reading Second Amtrak Cascades train to Vancouver, B.C. started service August 19

A short ride on Opening Day

August 17, 2009 – opening day for the Canada Line.  Unfortunately for me, it was on Monday.  Fortunately for TransLink, they planned it on a Monday.  The line ups were crazy even for a Monday.  Imagine if they did the fare free day on the weekend.  I don’t remember the Millennium Line’s fare-free day being so busy. I couldn’t get off work until 5pm.  My … Continue reading A short ride on Opening Day

Fraser River bridge for cyclists and pedestrians opens Friday

Fraser River bridge for cyclists and pedestrians opens Friday >> Vancouver Sun. Cyclists and pedestrians will get an early shot at the Canada Line, although not the trains.  The new North Arm Bridge with it’s attached new pedestrian/cyclist portion is set to open Friday, August 14, 2009.  I wish this bridge was open back in May when I was in Richmond.  Taking the Knight St. … Continue reading Fraser River bridge for cyclists and pedestrians opens Friday

Leavenworth Combo « Price Tags

Leavenworth Combo « Price Tags I think everyone else in my family has been to Leavenworth except for me.  Now after Gordon Price has gone, I feel like I should go to. All kidding aside, I think it’s an interesting read about a how successful Leavenworth is as an urban environment. I am also intrigued on his idea of how the right combo of a … Continue reading Leavenworth Combo « Price Tags

SkyTrain Delays and No Announcements

I must say I am a little disappointed with SkyTrain’s handling of a delay during today’s afternoon rush hour.  I arrived at Broadway Station around 5:45pm and discovered that the trains were extremely delayed. One westbound train had just arrived when I got on the platform and one eastbound train was full of people waiting.  The platform was also quite full.  I patiently waited for … Continue reading SkyTrain Delays and No Announcements

TransLink plans – expand, maintain, or cut services

The Tri-City News – TransLink plan leaves room for province to sign on, charge new tolls. This is probably the best piece of news that summarizes the current situation that TransLink finds themselves in and the options they are considering.  So instead of reinventing the wheel, I’ll link to the article.  Jeff Nagel does pretty good writing for one of our local papers. There’s also … Continue reading TransLink plans – expand, maintain, or cut services

Cycling in Portland

The Tyee — Portland’s Bicycle Brilliance. Here’s a piece on cycling in Portland from The Tyee.  It’s actually part two of three about Portland.  The first was about the arts community and having fun (aka bars and pubs in the article).  The third will be about homelessness in Portland. I didn’t really care much about part one, although it did point out that Vancouver city … Continue reading Cycling in Portland