Central Eastside Railroad Petition

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Barbara Ulman
2 hours ago
New to Portland, I once had to figure out some other way to get home when I had groceries in my car and had to wait over 20 min. for a train stopped for a LONG time at 12th Avenue between Powell and Division.

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Jim Hilstenger
2 days ago
This chronic blockage also funnels traffic, including local commercial traffic, right onto neighborhood residential streets

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Norman Birthmark
2 days ago
The increased train and now MAX traffic are very frustrating. It's also frustrating that PBOT or Union Pacific have supported the isatrainblocking11th.com website that was helpful.

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Cindy Eldkrona
1 week ago
I am tired of the 45 minute waits to get to work when trains are stopped. This is unacceptable!

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Linda K Johnson
3 weeks ago
I live in inner SE near the railroad crossing. It is profoundly disruptive to the flow of life

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Meg mishler
Sep 11, 2021
I see so many dangerous instances because of trains in this neighborhood
Traffic backed up for up to an hour
Cyclists pedestrians and school kids all trying to get through
This line runs right by a school and so parents are often late because they’re stuck behind the train for so long.
The idling cars also pollutes the air
Not to mention the imminent danger of oil trains in the middle of a neighborhood!

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BC Shelby
Sep 9, 2021
...I used to live in that neighbourhood just a few blocks north of the 12 Ave crossing and every morning on the way to work dreaded hearing a train horn as it would mean the bus would be late and I'd be late to my job. This would occur a couple time a week and also affected students attending Benson High who rode the #70 line. Trains though this area are not just long, but often slow down and even stop for a while further compounding the delays. This directly impacts the #70 bus route as there is no alternate detour around the crossing. Traffic backups also delay the #2 route on SE division St just north of the tracks.

Furthermore next year TriMet will inaugurate their first BRT line that will cross these tracks at SE 8th which will make the new express route prone to delays. I receive rider alert emails about delays to both bus routes mentioned above when trains are present. I have suggested to TriMet about either having the BRT avoid that area and run down Powell to 82nd to Division (one of the original alignment proposals) citing the rail crossing as well as ongoing traffic congestion on the lower portion of Division, however to no avail as they have gone ahead with construction of boarding platforms on lower Division St. I also proposed just keeping it on the existing #2 bus (which the BRT will replace) alignment from downtown but that also wan't considered. To avoid crossing the rail line would require second overpass just for the BRT line connecting the Tillikum bridge and SE Division near OMSI which would add to the project's cost.

As SE 12th is a fairly busy street, I always wondered why there was not an overpass there to begin with.

A pedestrian overpass (something I suggested years ago to TriMet) was recently completed so people could get to and from the Max platform without waiting for freight trains but that solved just a single issue. Both the Transit commission and City need to come up with a solution to the long running issue of freights disrupting traffic in this area.

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Elizabeth Meade
Sep 1, 2021
This petition is long overdue, the trains are a major nuisance. They have made us late for work, miss meetings, and prevented us from getting home at night. One evening a train stopped for nearly two hours; my coworker couldn't get to his car to pick up his kids from daycare (which closed at 6) and there was no way to go around it because of how long it was. Please, this HAS to stop.

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JaraDee Forney
Aug 27, 2021
Our office is on the corner of SE Madison and 2nd, about 10 feet from the train tracks. We have lots of delay issues because of the train, it have caused our employee's to be late for work by 30-45 minutes or more when they would have been on time otherwise. Our other big issue with as close as our offices are to the actual trains going by is the noise level of the train horn and the length and number of times the horn is blown at the intersection. We often have meetings and court hearing over the phone in our offices and literally have to stop the meetings and wait for the train to go by. An overpass won't help us. We need the railroad to reduce the length of the trains, put the train on a schedule that doesn't interfere as much with workers, not allow the train to STOP on the tracks for long lengths of time. Reduce the number of horn honks at the intersections that already have crossing bars and reduce the volume of the horn. The very loud noise is dangerous to our employee's hearing especially when interring and leaving the building.

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Genealogical Forum of Oregon
Aug 17, 2021
We have seen trains block SE 11th for more than a full hour. Our patrons at our library in the Ford Building at 11th & Division get completely trapped if they park in the rear parking lot, whose only exit is south on 11th across the tracks. These trains paralyze businesses & traffic, and create a serious safety issue. The ultimate solution is to move the train yard out of the central city.