Portland provides locals superior public transit

For those greater Portland area residents that work in or slightly outside the city, there is often no better way to get around than public transportation. Professionals working within the city may want locate to their dream home in the MLS listings in Portland and determine if it is close enough to public transportation for their needs. Ditching the car for a metro ticket could save someone a bundle over the course of the year and promote the exploration of the city.

National recognition

Public transit systems have become a major cultural icon in cities like New York. The number of public transportation systems in the nation has increased from 1,044 in 1980 to 7,700 in 2009, reports U.S. News. According to the American Public Transportation Association, for every one dollar used to fund public transportation, four dollars are generated. In addition, urban dwellers save an average of $9,656 annually by using public transportation instead of driving.

Public transportation provides a necessary service for residents who choose to live within urban developments. Portland’s public transit, including bus, commuter rail, streetcar and the MAX lines all received a high rating for ridership, safety and investment in public transit by U.S. News. Ranked as number five in the nation, Portland features fare-free transit routes in the downtown area.

Potential future changes

The Metro Council will begin to look into the possibility of deploying rapid transit buses instead of light rail lines between Portland State University and Mt. Hood Community College, reports the Portland Business Journal. The solution may be a cheaper option than the previously proposed light rail system.

"Every corridor plan does not necessarily have to end in a giant (environmental study) for light rail," said Elissa Gertler, the agency’s deputy director of corridor planning, according to the news source. "Most corridor plans are not going to end that way for a long time."

If the rapid transit buses were approved, they would be the first of their kind in Portland. The Metro Council approved a $1 million study of the bus plan, which will look at the possibility of giving the vehicles the ability to change red lights to green at designated intersections, stop at major hubs instead of every few blocks or even give them their own lanes.