transportation

The City of Eugene and Lane Transit District are asking for feedback on how to improve safety and connectivity on five of the most traveled roads in the area.

Recorded On: June 29, 2018

Air Date: July 2, 2018

In the summer of 1926, several thousand performers gathered at Hayward Field for the world premiere performance of “Klatawa: A Pageant of Transportation.” The occasion of Klatawa — from the Chinook word for “to travel” or “to go” — was the joining of eastern and western Oregon with a southern Pacific rail line between Klamath Falls and Eugene. A year later, the last of Eugene’s trolley-cars ceased running. About this time, the Ford Motor Company replaced its Model T with the Model A, the best-selling car of its time.

A unique medical transportation program for Oregon veterans has just cleared a major milestone.

500,000 miles. That’s more than the distance to the moon and back. Oregon’s Highly Rural Transportation Program has logged that many miles on the ground, driving vets to doctor appointments or medical facilities.

The program, as its name implies, is for veterans living in the most remote parts of the state. According to the Census Bureau, “highly rural” is 7 or fewer people per square mile. Tyler Francke is spokesman for Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

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Lane County has the unhappy distinction of having the highest rate of traffic fatalities of any Oregon county. Leaders hope to increase road safety and heighten awareness of the problem.

Recorded on: January 13, 2017

Air Date: January 16, 2017

Coordinator: Sandy Ericson

Speaker: Matt Rodrigues, P.E., ENV SP: AIC Traffic Engineer
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Travelers at the Eugene Airport can expect faster security lines and less crowding at the baggage claim.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports on the completion of a two-year-renovation project.  

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Earlier this week we mentioned that part of the big creek road near Florence was shut down due to a landslide.  Lane County officials now report that the affected stretch between Highway 101 and Upper North Fork Road has been cleared for motorists.

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In roughly a year, the City of Eugene plans to have hundreds of bikes available for short commutes across the Downtown, University District, and Whiteaker areas.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

LTD to Discontinue Airport Service

Oct 20, 2016
Eugene Airport

Lane Transit District will not be providing bus service to the Eugene Airport after November 30th. The one year pilot program between LTD, Lane Community College and the City of Eugene was a response to long-standing community interest.

Oregon Department of Transportation

The state Department of Transportation says parts of several highways in western Oregon were closed Tuesday because of high water from heavy rainfall.

Rachael McDonald

Eugene's usually sleepy airport is going to be bustling this week with Thanksgiving flyers coming and going.

Senator Wyden Pushing For Highway Funding

Jun 22, 2015
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Oregon U.S. Senator Ron Wyden pushed for increased and long term highway funding during an address to a congressional committee, last week.

A recent report from the American Society of Civil Engineers asserts the U.S. needs to invest 3.7 trillion in infrastructure by 2020 just to reach satisfactory conditions. Senator Wyden accused Congress of limping from one short term funding package to another without a long term solution.

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Lane Transit District is considering expanding its routes in the Eugene-Springfield area. Ideas include longer hours and possible bus service to the airport.

LTD is in talks with the City of Eugene about providing bus service to the airport. Russ Arnold, Marketing Manager with LTD says this is still just in discussion. He says the agency has heard from more than 2-thousand people with suggestions for improving service.

EmX Apportioned $50.54 Million From Federal Government

Feb 23, 2015
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Lane Transit District has received the final piece of funding from the federal government for the West Eugene Em-X Expansion. The Federal Transportation Administration has apportioned the remaining $50.54 million needed to continue the project.  LTD Director of Customer Services Andy Vobora says they were fortunate to get the funding they requested because there is a lot of competition at the federal level.

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Lane Transit District and the Amalgamated Transit Union reached agreement on a three-year labor pact hours before its existing contract expired. 

The new contract was arrived at just in time to meet the current contract’s July first expiration.  It grants annual cost of living increases of two, two point 75, and 3 point 35 percent respectively through 2017. 

L-T-D’s  Andy Verbora says its labor negotiations have come a long way from 2005, when the union went on strike:

Jessica Robinson

Safety experts say there are historically three big killers on the road: drunken driving, not wearing a seatbelt, and speeding. Public views have changed dramatically about seatbelts and driving drunk. But states are having a harder time changing attitudes about driving too fast, as anyone who’s ever zipped down I-5 can attest. There's still very little known about this ubiquitous bad habit or what to do about it.

EmX Pre-Construction Begins In May

Apr 27, 2014
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Pre-Construction activities are scheduled to begin in May for the West Eugene Em-X transit project.

The city of Eugene is trying to improve the safety of a portion of Willamette Street. Three alternatives are being considered for the stretch between 24th and 29th avenues. The first would be to keep the busy street in its current configuration with 4 vehicle traffic lanes and no bike lanes. Another would turn the roadway into three lanes with bike lanes on each side. The center lane would be a turn lane.

Jes Burns

A report out Monday says Americans are increasing their use of public transportation. This is true in the northwest where the Cascade Line between Eugene and Vancouver, BC is one of the fastest growing rail lines in the country. Tuesday, there's a conversation about rail in Eugene.

ODOT

A rising Yaquina River has eaten away the foundation of U.S. 20 through the Coast Range in a narrow, twisty section that for years has made trouble for drivers and highway workers alike.

The Oregon Department of Transportation says travel at a curve about four miles west of Eddyville in Lincoln County will be down to a single lane while crews bring in rock to rebuild the foundation. ODOT Spokesman Rick Little says the area was hit hard by the recent snowstorm.

The Role of Transit in Our Community Vision

Feb 3, 2014

Meeting Date: 1-31-14

Air Date: 2-3-14

Guest Speakers:  Larry Banks, PIVOT Architecture; Claire Syrett, Lane Coalition for Healthy and Active Youth (LCHAY); and Julie Daniel, BRING Recycling

Moderator: Rob Zako, Better Eugene-Springfield Transit (BEST)

Program Coordinators: Laura Potter and Rob Zako

Colin Fogarty

Time is running short for Oregon lawmakers to take the lead in building a new I-5 bridge across the Columbia River. That's according to Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber. This week the Democrat issued an ultimatum to lawmakers to act before the end of the 2014 session in March. Otherwise he'll shut the project down. The warning is just the latest twist in the decade-long effort to break ground on the mega-project.

UO Group Proposes 2-Way Bike Lane On E. 13th In Eugene

Dec 4, 2013
Jes Burns

A University of Oregon group has put together a proposal for changing the bike lane on Eugene’s East 13th Avenue from one way to two ways.

Called LiveMove, the group consists of students who focus on how transportation systems relate to community quality of life. Their newest idea relates directly with the new Capstone building downtown. The current bike lane only leads to campus, not back. Faculty Advisor Marc Schlossberg says the proposal wouldn’t lead to any construction.

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Skate boarders may soon have more places to ride in Eugene. The City is considering making it legal for them to use streets and bike paths.

City of Eugene Pedestrian and Bicycle Coordinator Lee Shoemaker says he's heard from skate boarders who complain they can't skate on the streets or sidewalk in downtown and by the U of O campus. It's currently illegal to skateboard on Eugene's streets.

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Oregon is looking at ways to improve train service between Eugene / Springfield and the Portland metro area. It's part of the Oregon Passenger Rail Project.

Oregon Department of Transportation says ridership has increased steadily on trains that go back and forth from Eugene to Portland and up to Vancouver, B.C. Over the next 25 years, the population of the Willamette Valley is expected to grow by 35 percent. ODOT's Jim Cox is Project Manager:

The nice fall weather might inspire more people to take part in the first-ever "Oregon Drive Less Challenge."

The 12-day challenge kicks off October 21st. The goal is to reduce vehicle miles traveled by a half-million. This will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and burn calories, says organizer Kelly Bantle.

Bantle: "May not work for everyone's schedule all the time, but even just taking your bike down the street to the store, can really save on money on the road and also help trim our waistlines."

Rachael McDonald

A paving project on a portion of Eugene's Willamette Street includes new bike lanes and some other changes.

The project includes the stretch of street between 18th and 23rd avenues. It's the portion that passes by the shuttered Civic Stadium. Reed Dunbar is a transportation planner with the City of Eugene.