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I am a resident of Milwaukie, and live right next to the tracks. We will soon be adding MAX transit to the amount of train traffic past our house. While I am quite fond of the sound of train activity and like the privacy that it affords us, I have to object to the argument that this is all about choking off traffic at important roadways. Our tracks cross Harrison and 37th and frequently back up commuter traffic; not to mention stalling traffic at SE 12th St, Stark, Madison, and other junctions in inner SE Portland.
I find it interesting that the dialog is not focusing on the audial and visual blight that many people think trains make in a town, and how neighborhood associations with much funding and participation, such as you would find in affluent Lake Oswego, have a louder say in this conversation than associations that are cash-strapped and struggle with low attendance. It is the trend, not the exception, for mass transit to run through poorer neighborhoods because of this point, NOT because Lake Oswego's traffic concerns are more important than Milwaukie's.
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