When it comes to public (and mass) transit systems, I adore Portland. They’ve done a great job, and like some other Seattle-ites, I growl periodically when I think about how short sighted this city was when thinking about its future some 10+ years ago and we had the relevant vote.
But as I’m getting set to head to Portland on Sunday for OSCON, I can’t help but think they missed a link. I know I’m rare in this, but I’m taking the train down… and the Amtrack station is 5 blocks from the nearest light-rail link in Portland. The light rail goes right out to the airport – so they definitely hit the more used choice, but I still like rail transit, so I use it. And while it’s not impossible to drag the luggage through five blocks of Portland’s downtown area, it is a pain in the butt.
Ah, well. I’m looking forward to OSCON and catching up a few folks, seeing some fellow Django-nista’s there, and generally taking it in. Here’s to hoping that we avoid record breaking temperatures this year… last year was kinda hellish. Especially when the hotels couldn’t keep their AC running.