In fall 2011, my colleagues and I completed a bicycle and pedestrian transit access report for TriMet, the regional transit authority in Portland, Ore. Our scope was the Orenco MAX Station, a landmark New Urbanist development. The development has garnered national media attention and has found its way to the center of the debate on New Urbanism. On one hand, the site is a success: residents use their car less and transit more. On the other hand, car use remains alarmingly high despite the investment in transit.
Orenco Station is important for another reason; it is the home of Intel and other high-tech industries, which employ thousands just north of the transit station. This access plan will help the City of Hillsboro to promote active transportation among the industries, retail, schools, and residences surrounding the station.