This project is needed because both intermodal facilities are running through urban neighborhoods, magnifying the interaction between trains and cars, affecting safety, mobility, environmental quality, and development. Portland currently ranks in the worst 1.2% of census tracts in the nation for diesel particulate exposure according to the most recent Environmental Protection Agency National Air Toxics Assessment. Diesel particulate is by far the most dangerous airborne carcinogen according to published California risk assessments. Some of the most concentrated diesel exhaust exposure is caused by Union Pacific Albina and Brooklyn Rail Yard delivery trucks operating adjacent to large residential neighborhoods.
Simply put, if we don’t take action now, we’ll be a city in distress when our city reaches one million plus residents.