Transportation

  • 4/17/2014

    Can a Canadian furniture tycoon speed up Portland's bike share?

    A Canadian businessman has purchased the troubled supplier of bicycles for Alta Bicycle Share, the Portland company that operates New York City's bike sharing program and is hoping to launch one in Portland. As…

  • 4/3/2014

    Metro calls on Portland businesses to help reduce tailpipe emissions

    Metro is looking for ways to curb tailpipe emissions. The regional government that works on transportation and land-use issues, among other endeavors, is collecting ideas on how to help the Portland area…

  • 1/14/2014

    Tesla projected to have its best quarter ever, recalls Model S chargers

    Tesla Motors said it sold almost 6,900 cars in the fourth quarter of 2013, its biggest quarter ever and 20 percent higher than its guidance. Tesla stock shot up by nearly 16 percent on the news to $161.27. Of…

  • 1/14/2014

    Forklifts, electric motorcycles and NYC ambulances land Drive Oregon cash

    Drive Oregon, the state-backed group tasked with accelerating Oregon's electric vehicle adoption, has awarded $85,000 in grants to three companies. The latest round brings the three-year-old association's…

  • 11/7/2013

    Brammo's Bramscher sets 2015 IPO goal, targets Tesla investors

    Brammo's Craig Bramscher told business leaders Thursday that his electric motorcycle company is looking to go public by the middle of 2015. Bramscher said Talent, Ore.-based Brammo is meeting with some…

  • 8/15/2013

    Alta preps bike programs in Bay Area and Seattle, faces Portland questions

    It was a mixed bag of news for Portland’s Alta Bike Share this week. Bad news first: Willamette Week reported that the city looks to be pursuing a plan to use public money to finance $4.6 million of…

  • 7/2/2013

    NW Natural: Customers demanding right to fuel naturally

    Northwest Natural Gas Company (NYSE: NWN), has filed a tariff with the Public Utility Commission of Oregon that could allow the company to install, own, and maintain equipment that allows business customers…

  • 7/2/2013

    OpConnect says “aloha” to Hawaiian charging stations

    The OpConnect charging station company, which is expanding into Hawaii, has received a gentle monetary nudge from an Oregon backer. Drive Oregon gave Portland-based OpConnect $50,000 to help the company…

  • 5/29/2013

    D.C. Alta workers: Back pay issue could affect 100 employees

    Employees of Alta Bicycle Share have launched a media and petition campaign against the company, hoping to use public pressure against social entrepreneur and Alta President Mia Birk to settle wage and…

  • 5/29/2013

    City Club committee proposes bicycle excise tax

    Should those purchasing bicycles in Oregon pay more for their bikes to help enhance their riding conditions? Authors of a City Club of Portland report, on which members are scheduled to vote, are wondering…

  • 4/16/2013

    Drive Oregon wants e-bikes to help riders on that dreaded last mile

    Drive Oregon has landed a grant that could help illustrate the electric vehicle advocate’s eclectic mission. The public-private partnership that hopes to fortify Oregon’s electric vehicle industry…

  • 3/4/2013

    Cycle Oregon delivers millions in grants, retail spending

    As Cycle Oregon gears up for its 2013 ride in September, organizers are pointing to past spending in rural communities as a sign that cycling tourism contributes significant dollars to rural economies. Which,…

  • 2/7/2013

    My EV isn't my valentine, but there's a lot to love

    My interest in electric vehicles began back in the late 1990s, when my husband and I converted a 1987 Fiat Spider. It was a challenge and a conversation starter. I embraced the cutting-edge technology…

  • 2/7/2013

    Pacific University teams with Zipcar

    Pacific University announced Thursday it will partner with Zipcar Inc. to offer a car-sharing program on campus. The service will offer a Toyota Prius and a Ford Focus to be based at the school's Forest…

  • 2/5/2013

    Visual map shows concentration of Portland's bike commuters

    John Nelson, a designer behind data driven maps that provide visual illustrations of how people move around cities, has taken on the Portland bike commute. As FastCo.Exist reports, "Nelson started fielding…

  • 1/29/2013

    Comments on high-speed rail in Oregon roll in

    A series of public and online forums about a proposed high-speed rail line from Eugene to Portland has attracted about 1,000 public comments over the past several weeks, as Oregonians continue to debate…

  • 1/17/2013

    Why 2012 was pivotal for next-gen transportation

    2012 was a pivotal year for the electric vehicle industry, in both Oregon and throughout the United States. We expect to keep that momentum revving this year with tax incentives, lower price points, more…

  • 1/11/2013

    Car-sharing services help city dwellers

    I’ve had a car since I was 16 years old. From that sweet, little Corolla that survived me, my brother and my sister learning to drive a stick, to “Bianca,” my white bumper-sticker-laden Sentra that…

  • 1/9/2013

    Oregon leads in bike signal use

    A handful of Oregon cities now account for about a quarter of the 16 cities in the nation that are installing new bike-specific traffic signals at intersections. The purpose of the signals is to make…

  • 1/7/2013

    Per-mile tax targeting efficient cars back on the table for Oregon Legislature

    A law aimed at capturing money for road upkeep from EV and fuel-efficient drivers appears headed for revival at the Oregon Legislature in 2013. State lawmakers introduced a bill last year proposing to…

  • 1/2/2013

    Avis buys Zipcar, joins the 'sharing economy'

    The sharing economy—if anyone had any lingering doubts— definitely has wheels. Car rental giant Avis announced today that it is buying the vehicle-sharing company Zipcar for $491.2 million, expanding…

  • 12/31/2012

    Conscious Commuter seeking $1.5M for e-bike

    Fold up electric bike designer Conscious Commuter is looking to raise $1.5 million debt financing, according to paperwork filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. In October, the Portland…

  • 12/31/2012

    Fears of climate change hit South Florida

    High tides and storms created more havoc in South Florida during 2012 than many could remember in recent years, while Miami Beach and other communities began real planning for rising sea levels. Beachgoers…

  • 12/24/2012

    How to stretch the spirit of the season

    No matter what holiday you celebrate this month, I encourage you to consider ways to stretch the spirit of the season – maybe for a week, a month, a year. In some instances, maybe even a lifetime. Helping…

  • 12/18/2012

    Portland ecodistricts move ahead under city guidance

    Portland's five designated ecodistricts are looking ahead to the new year with resolutions and priorities, operating under the leadership of the city of Portland's Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. A…