I read the very first paragraph, and literally laughed out loud. I can't beleive the writer, Jim Redden, could write something so patently ridiculous. It read:
NO LONGER THE SOLUTION???!!!
"Led by Metro Councilor Rex Burkholder, officials at the regional planning agency repeatedly have said that building new highways is no longer the solution for the area’s growing congestion problems."
When exactly did Rex Burkholder ever think that adding road capacity was the solution? Did he have a change of heart? Did he advocate building new roads all these years and then realize that it wasn't working?
What a crock. This region has been squandering transportation revenues on everything but roads for the last 30 years, ever since the Mt. Hood Freeway was killed to pay for the first MAX line. For decades the mantra has been that we "can't build our way out of congestion."
Now, in 2007, after Rex's idiotic transportation dogma has caused congestion to grow more quickly than any other urban area, the newspaper reports that building roads is NO LONGER the solution?
Are we supposed to consider the Trib as a serious newspaper?