I wake up, get ready, grab the bike and ride two blocks. The train pulls up, I get on and 20 minutes later get off and ride 1 mile to my job. This is my commute to work at my new job in Portland, Oregon.
For those of you who do not keep up with me on social media, I started a new job here in early February where my family and I have moved to take in new adventures in life. Part of this started with selling the car that we owned in Indianapolis eschewing a car lite lifestyle for a completely car-free alternative.
Thus far, it seems to be working out. Our new home, located in downtown Portland, has us within 2 blocks of Trimet’s MAX light rail system and even closer to the downtown streetcar line. I use the MAX daily for getting to and from work while my wife and son use the streetcar for daily functions as basic as getting to the multiple grocery stores along the streetcar as well as a downtown Target; all of which has alleviated us of $500 in monthly automobile expenses.
So what does all this mean for my coverage of transit at Urban Indy? As you can already tell, my writing has slowed down and Shayla has happily stepped in to fill the void covering Indy’s transit movement on the policy and design analysis side of things. I will continue to offer coverage from time to time that is relevant to what we cover at Urban Indy.