to the blue arrow at the bottom of this page
to visit Portland,
Oregon's, Virtual Light-Rail, Streetcar, and
"Fareless Square" Downtown District!
Trolley stops at the library, museums,
galleries, performance halls, and the
Public art projects
at transit centers
the light-rail station
Multimodal transit system that is
100% bike accessible
Comparisons: Air Quality, Mass Transit, Health,
Kid-Friendliness, Quality of Life, Urban Planning
Fresno have the worst air quality in the nation
by some measures while Portland has no air
Fresno's Air Quality for statistics and
articles about how the Valley's air quality is
negatively affecting our health.
At TriMet, our goal is to be an environmental
leader. Not only are we committed to complying
with environmental regulations, we
exceedrequirements by preventing
pollution and reducing our impact on the
Fresno rank 138 out of 140 as one of the least
healthy for children in the country, while
Portland is named as the city having the highest
quality of life for children in the US?
Fresno have no pollution-free mass transit,
while Portland has a light-rail system that is
virtually air-pollution free because it runs
entirely on electricity? Their transit system
reduces ozone precursor emissions by nearly 4.2
tons every day!
FRESNO RANKS 138 OUT OF 140 FOR
QUALITY-OF-LIFE FOR KIDS
The Kid-Friendly Cities Report Card is
to present the best available data on the
social, economic, educational and physical
environment in our cities--exactly where our
children live, grow, learn and play.
FAST FACTS--QUICK LINKS
about Fresno's Air Quality. Click on the
underlined link to go to the source.
least one measure,
the San Joaquin Valley now has the worst air
in the country... The Valley last year
violated the federal eight-hour ozone
standard 101 times -- one more than the Los
Angeles area's South Coast Air Basin.
It's the first time
the Valley has ever recorded more annual
ozone violations than South Coast, which has
been the nation's worst air basin for
WASHINGTON - Portland, Oregon, is America's
most "kid-friendly" city, while Atlanta
finished last in a report released this week
that graded major cities in terms of quality
of life for children.
Environmental group Zero Population Growth
used seven categories - education, health,
community life, economics, environment,
population change and public safety - to grade
25 major U.S. cities, 140 smaller ones and 74
placed first with a grade of A+ in the ranking
of major cities with a population of more than
2 million people, while Atlanta came in last
with a C-.
top marks because of
easy access to good education, jobs,
health care and clean
air as well as safe streets and public
from the article:
suffered from severe urban sprawl and
traffic congestion, had the worst air
pollution of the major cities and the
highest violent crime rate, Zero Population
Growth president Peter Kostmayer, said at a
news conference to release the report.
The complete article can be found at
Planet Ark, your daily guide to helping
Portland, Oregon. That's the word from the
environmental group Population Connection,
which evaluated which U.S. cities were
safest and healthiest for our children.
Examining data for the 25 largest U.S.
cities, as well as 140 smaller cities, and
74 suburban areas, Population Connection
used seven categories to come up with its
rankings. These included education,
health, community life, economics,
environment, population change, and public
safety. According to The Washington Post,
Portland got the top nod for its good
schools, lots of jobs, excellent health
care system, clean air, safe streets, and
good public transportation.
least kid-friendly city is Atlanta,
Georgia, which fell to the bottom of the
list due to suburban sprawl, traffic
congestion, air pollution, and the highest
violent crime rate.
rest of the article, please see
Population Connection, which also
lists 239 Kid-Friendly Good Ideas from 239
TriMet provides easy access to
world-class transportation service that
encompasses bus, rail, shuttles and
carpools, as well as innovative programs to
reduce pollution and enhance your total
38-mile light rail system, runs east and
west from Portland and connects the cities
of Gresham, Beaverton and Hillsboro. A new
Airport MAX extension provides direct
service between downtown Portland and the
Portland International Airport. Buy TriMet
daily average of car trips taken off the
road because of TriMet is 164,000. This
figure is from FY1999 showing 196,900
average originating daily rides divided by
the number of average automobile occupants
(1.2 per car).
260f downtown Portland workers take TriMet
In 1972, Portland's downtown air was so
dirty it violated federal health standards
one out of every three
days. Today, there are no violations.
just one commuter leaves their car at home
and uses TriMet for a year, our lungs and
spared 78 pounds of pollutants:
63 pounds of carbon monoxide,
9 pounds of hydrocarbons,
5 pounds of nitrous oxides, and
1 pound of particulates.
average car emits three times more carbon
monoxide per passenger mile than a TriMet
bus. MAX light rail runs 100 percent on
the first Earth Day in 1970, TriMet
ridership has more than tripled. People
boarded TriMet over 61 million times last
Emissions from cars and buses have been
dramatically reduced due to new pollution
control equipment, vehicle testing
programs and new fuels. For example,
TriMet's buses are emitting 90 0.000000
fewer particulates and nitric oxides than
they did 10 years ago. We're using "clean
diesel" fuel which has been reformulated
to reduce sulfur by 90%.
fully supports all alternatives to single
TriMet Bicycle Joyrides.
TriMet is 100 percent bike accessible!
Each of these 10 great cycling adventures
all start and end at a MAX station or bus
stop-so you don't need an expensive bike
rack for your car or the hassles of
shuttles and parking. You can just take
The tour opens
with a complete, clickable map of
Portland's light rail stations. From
there, the tour will take you to each
station on the Blue, Red, or Yellow lines.
the artwork (see TriMet Public Art
Program, below for examples):
"When the MAX line was extended from
downtown Portland to Hillsboro in 1998,
the project formed the Public Art Program,
to oversee the design and installation of
art elements. The vision of artists was
added to the planning and design, two
volunteer citizen committees oversaw the
work of eight design team artists and 15
Collaborating with architects and
engineers, the artists created over 100
permanent art elements, bringing
individual identity to each of the 20
stations and honoring the history, culture
and landscape along the line."
pick your point of departure on the map,
or click on"Clickable Map" to start
anywhere along the Streetcar Route!
Streetcar running through
Portland State University
College of Urban and Public Affairs is a
brand new addition to the Portland State
campus. The Urban Studies Center was
completed in 2000, along with the section
streetcar tracks that run diagonally
through it's block. Devoted to studies
of civic government and public works, The
Urban Studies Center sits in two buildings
on both sides of the northbound streetcar
tracks and are connected by a skybridge.
bring your bike with you on all buses, MAX
trains and the Portland Streetcar. No
permit is required.