Eugene, Oregon, Earns Global Recognition for Its Transportation Efforts

Feb 10, 2008 Read more: Worldwatch Institute 11

“When we hear a developer say, - I'm putting my business on International Way because I know there will be a future EmX line there,' that gives us hope that people are starting to catch the vision ”

Eugene, Oregon, has much to celebrate in its first year of operating the new Emerald Express bus rapid transit , or BRT, system. via Worldwatch Institute

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Tom

Eugene, OR

#1 Feb 10, 2008
"Eugene earns global recognition"
<cynical>
How do you figure that? I haven't noticed articles about it in NY Times, on BBC, or even Pravda.

Or is it a case of, "The idiots painted a bus green and called it a light rail. Commuters save about 15 minutes, but spend an extra hour waiting for the transfer buses. In addition, while waiting for the EMX to cross traffic, idling cars pump additional CO2 into the air."

“Women (and cats) of WoW unite!”

Since: Jul 07

San Diego, but now: The Woods

#2 Feb 10, 2008
The McKenzie River is the cleanest river in the United States and won national recognition for it.(It also supplies drinking water to Eugene) How many national news outlets carried that story, Tom? It is also not the most convenient thing in the world to protect that water source - not unlike the inconvenience of waiting for the EMX to get out of the way.

"Eugene, Oregon won an honorable mention for opening one of the first full bus rapid transit systems in the United States using diesel-electric hybrid articulated buses. The Green Line of the Emerald "Express Rapid Transit system (EmX) has dedicated busways and on-level boarding, as well as having a parallel bicycle lane along the corridor. The buses were also designed so people can bring their bikes onto the buses with them. Since opening, bus ridership has doubled on the corridor, surpassing projections. More corridors are being planned because EmX has shown that it is politically possible to take traffic lanes in the United States from private cars for a high-quality, lower-cost rapid transit system."

http://www.itdp.org/index.php/news_events/new...

"The lineís 60-foot-long hybrid electric-diesel buses carry riders along a four-mile route via Franklin Boulevard on an every-10-minutes schedule. Sixty percent of the route features exclusive bus-only lanes, which has allowed EmX in most instances to meet its goal of traveling between the two downtowns in 16 minutes."

"The Pioneer Parkway loop will serve the new River≠Bend hospital that opens later this year and the Gateway Mall commercial district. The planned corridor appears to have spurred some development interest along the route, Vobora said."

http://www.registerguard.com/csp/cms/sites/dt...

An article with a huge discussion board plus tons of links (pro and con) is at this next site. It includes a link to the story "on the original EmX mini-scandal when some small children were accidentally left behind at a stop, separated from their father":

http://portlandtransport.com/archives/2008/01...

"Overall, we found the EmX to be a well-designed and well-run service. It is an excellent model for other small and medium sized US cities looking to implement full BRT."

http://www.gobrt.org/Eugene.html

Other outlets did carry the Award story from the press feed, like this one here:

http://www.centredaily.com/living/travel/stor...

Because it was the only US city so recognized, it made the environmental news on sites such as the one that is affiliated with this forum.
David Driscoll

Spokane, WA

#3 Jul 11, 2008
Some of the criticisms of EmX may be justified but as an outsider looking in you have to start somewhere. Waiting for transfer buses and having cars idling too long are problems that can be solved. I applaud Eugene for taking on this issue. I believe the long-term benefits will be outweigh some of your start-up issues. I wish we had it in Spokane. Great work!
smudge

Tucson, AZ

#4 Jul 16, 2008
I applaud Eugene for more mindless symbolism, courtesy of the millions of "Joe 6-Packs," who slug it out everyday, just to put food on the table for their families!
christians

Eugene, OR

#5 Aug 21, 2008
smudge wrote:
I applaud Eugene for more mindless symbolism, courtesy of the millions of "Joe 6-Packs," who slug it out everyday, just to put food on the table for their families!
Just a thought: perhaps Joe should stop buying alcohol and buy more food instead.

“No time like the present”

Since: Jul 08

to make it happen!

#6 Aug 21, 2008
Tom wrote:
"Eugene earns global recognition"
<cynical>
How do you figure that? I haven't noticed articles about it in NY Times, on BBC, or even Pravda.
Or is it a case of, "The idiots painted a bus green and called it a light rail. Commuters save about 15 minutes, but spend an extra hour waiting for the transfer buses. In addition, while waiting for the EMX to cross traffic, idling cars pump additional CO2 into the air."
It gets better...after spending millions on the emx boondoggle, LTD has come back to the voters this year crying because they didn't have anough money to run it now.

What a crock. Millions spent to save a few minutes off a 7 mile ride...absolutely ludicrous.

But those frickin' greenies eat that up like it's candy. They think money magically appears from no where....as they run businesses and tax bases out of town.

“No time like the present”

Since: Jul 08

to make it happen!

#7 Aug 21, 2008
christians wrote:
<quoted text>
Just a thought: perhaps Joe should stop buying alcohol and buy more food instead.
Sry, it's pretty much the people that ride the thing buying the cheap booze. Oh, and a few students too.

“No time like the present”

Since: Jul 08

to make it happen!

#8 Aug 21, 2008
David Driscoll wrote:
Some of the criticisms of EmX may be justified but as an outsider looking in you have to start somewhere. Waiting for transfer buses and having cars idling too long are problems that can be solved. I applaud Eugene for taking on this issue. I believe the long-term benefits will be outweigh some of your start-up issues. I wish we had it in Spokane. Great work!
There's lots of good ideas out there...but if the money isn't there to pay for them, it JUST ISN'T THERE. Liberals think the money for all these feel good programs just comes out of thin air.
Nick College Student

Monmouth, OR

#9 Sep 5, 2008
Eugene sucks hippie balls. Lot of free-loaders there whining about not getting what they want. Many people there are garbage just looking for a handout.

“No time like the present”

Since: Jul 08

to make it happen!

#10 Sep 5, 2008
Nick College Student wrote:
Eugene sucks hippie balls. Lot of free-loaders there whining about not getting what they want. Many people there are garbage just looking for a handout.
hahahaha
Paul - scan

Portland, OR

#12 Mar 14, 2009
Thank you Eugene, Oregon for your beautiful bus services. Starting to look like Portland, Oregon bus services.
http://www.efn.org/~scan
scan@efn.org
Paul M. McLaughlin

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