transportation

JeffX | March 25, 2015 | 9:00
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Wed March 25, 2015

Pump It Up: Oregon's Clean Fuels Debate

What's coming to your pump?
Credit Wikimedia

The Oregon legislature recently voted to continue the "clean fuels" program begun six years ago. 

The program requires companies selling motor fuels in Oregon to reduce carbon by 10% over the next ten years. 

The Oregon Environmental Council and other groups pushed for the passage of this year's bill, despite warnings from opponents that passage could set up fights over transportation funding. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 14, 2015 | 8:00
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Wed January 14, 2015

ACTing Locally For Regional Transportation

Credit Ken Lund

Anybody stuck in traffic on a regular basis wonders just what's being done to improve the transportation system. 

The fact is, work is going on all the time, at the state and local level. 

Oregon's transportation system includes Area Commissions on Transportation (ACTs), which coordinate local efforts with the state, in all modes of transportation. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 12, 2015 | 8:00
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Mon January 12, 2015

Encouraging Students To Drive Less

Credit SOU Center For Sustainability

College campuses can be fun for walking, but driving… that's another matter. 

Streets clog easily, and parking can be tricky to find, at least free parking. 

Which is why Southern Oregon University just started a Drive Less Connect program. 

The general approach is to convince students to find ways to get to campus that do not involve private vehicles. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 2, 2014 | 8:00
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Tue December 2, 2014

Commenting On Transportation Safety

Credit Geoffrey Riley/JPR

Next time you drive through a construction zone, think about how long it takes to move a project from conception to completion. 

And while you're at it, think about the safety considerations that go into the mix. 

ODOT, the Oregon Department of Transportation, has a safety action plan to complement its overall transportation plan. 

And ODOT is taking input on the safety plan at a series of meetings around the state. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 24, 2014 | 8:00
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Wed September 24, 2014

The New Rogue Valley Commuter Line

Commuters now have a bus option between Grants Pass and Medford.
Credit Nicholas Blah/Flickr

Two bucks gets you a one-way ride from, say, Medford to Ashland. 

Now the same expenditure can get you all the way from Medford to Grants Pass, or vice-versa. 

The Rogue Valley Commuter Line started service in early September. 

It offers cheap rides for the car-free between two of the Rogue Valley's major cities. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 24, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Traffic Cameras That Change The Lights

Credit Wikimedia

Anybody who's been driving for a while learns to look for the devices buried in the pavement that trigger changes in traffic lights. 

But those old devices--you know, make sure your car is directly over the sensor--are being replaced. 

Now cameras are being used to gauge traffic waiting for a green light. 

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Jefferson Exchange | February 24, 2014 | 8:30
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Mon February 24, 2014

Getting To Class Without The Car

Credit University of Oregon

Anybody who ever tried to find a free parking spot near a major university can understand why many people opt not to drive to campus. 

Parking is scarce and often expensive. 

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Nine People Died On Icy Highway
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Fri December 27, 2013

Lawsuit Filed In Fatal Oregon Interstate Crash

A British Columbia lawyer representing 12 victims from the 2012 charter bus crash on Interstate 84 near Pendleton, Oregon filed a lawsuit this week seeking $700 million.

The East Oregonian reports the group is seeking a jury trial on accusations that tour operators were negligent. The lawsuit also accuses Oregon and the state Transportation Department for failing to make an icy stretch of the interstate safe, and failing to erect barriers to keep the bus from going over a cliff.