Portland Tribune, August 2, 2017. By Paris Achen
Report: Portland travel times, crashes grow with population
In case you hadn't noticed, report by the Oregon Department of Transportation shows it takes longer to get around Portland.
These commenters said what I would say - only better,
so I will save myself the trouble. However, I will repeat that the main purpose for light rail is to encourage redevelopment along major traffic corridors in order to build Transit-Oriented Developments. I have written about this previously - search Metro or this website for info. on Metro's plans and links to their "tool kit" manual. (The how-to on cities can redevelop an area - relies chiefly on urban renewal districts and community development code changes.)
The metro area is done, there was a golden moment when they could have effected tangible transit systems but they didn't. I'll agree with anyone that says you can't build your way out traffic jams. However, The planners have myopically and methodically spent resources for expensive single server mass transit while neglecting surface road infrastructure. An infrastructure that wasn't created to handle not just the population but the commerce needed of today let alone tomorrow. Even worse, they have deliberately created traffic congestion by spending valuable and limited road fund resources to "calm traffic" on streets like Division from 12th to 30th removing 2 of the 4 lanes and extending the curbs so buses stop in the street stopping all traffic with them at each stop. Blocking vehicle traffic on roads like Clinton, removing a lanes of traffic on Nato park way, Stark street. The metro population is 2.3 million and We are facing 1 million more people here in 10 years nearly 50% increase. McLaughlin Expressway from Harold to Tacoma is 2 lanes each direction it was built in 1922. Nearly 100 years later and 8X the population it's the same.