Deception after deception. Amazing how easily the people of the Portland area are fooled by these expert propagandists
Tri-Met officials discovered Monday that light-rail commuters were losing their cars. The agency will send two people today to stand at the footbridge and warn people to pull their cars out of the lot, spokeswoman Mary Fetsch said.
However, Fetsch said commuters won't get an answer for the parking puzzle any time soon. Tri-Met has no plans to expand its parking lot.
And this is from an article printed in 1998. All the same people were working at Trimet then that are working at Trimet now so they know the truth but as always they choose to make up whatever suits them for the current situation
By adding more parking spaces, Tri-Met probably would draw more riders to the already popular westside MAX line. But the agency can't. It made a decision before the structure was built to save $395,000 in the $3.7 million budget by using a configuration that doesn't support additional floors.
Now Tri-Met officials are embarking on a plan that asks drivers to car pool or take a bus to the transit center or drive to another park-&-ride lot.
Tri-Met construction management officials were aware that parking demand might quickly exceed supply. Metro, the regional government, predicted before construction that there would be demand for as many as 1,000 spaces by 2005.
Money wasn't the only reason Tri-Met officials closed off the option for expansion, said Neil McFarlane, Tri-Met's executive director of capital projects and a top manager for westside light-rail construction. At the time it was making decisions on the structure's size and design, Tri-Met was worried about ballooning costs of the westside light-rail tunnels.
But McFarlane says other practical and philosophical reasons existed to limit parking at the site.