I hate the drive to Hillsboro. I had hoped to find work in the Portland metro area. I will now have to stay at least a year and transfer in or to a city where public transportation is available. I don't want to live out there. The only housing I could afford is corporate, isolated and toxic. I want to live somewhere in a REAL neighborhood, next to the MAX line and not drive anymore. I want to ride my bike in the local neighborhood and use public transportation when I have to go further.
The real turning point came for me, when last week as I was driving 217, and a raccoon tried to cross the freeway lanes and cars made no attempt to stop. They just plowed it over and left it to suffer on the side of the road. I stopped and tried to cross the lane of traffic to pull it off the road (it was still alive) and could not get the cars to stop.
I know you may think I am naive...but I have not been part of the war of cars before. I have made sure that I never lived where people had to commute an hour or more to work. I have made a decision not to be part of this ritual of hostility and waste and pollution. I love Gods creatures and would not want to be on this planet if they were missing from the earth.
Now I want to make my life different. I want to sell my vehicle and stop paying corporations for insurance, car payments, and gas and oil. I don't want to pay for the genocide of the people Iraq, Afganistan and other countries where haliburton will attack next. I want figure it out. Here are some of the obstacles I am running into.
I work for the state of Oregon and I am told by my supervisor that I must have a car with me at work even though there are state vehicles available for me to work.
This last week a email was sent out to people working in Washington county that we should all try and use the MAX and trimet as much as possible to cut down on pollution, traffic and noise. We are also told that there are few parking spaces and they should be used for state cars and clients coming to our building.
The MAX stops a couple of blocks from where I work and I want to use this transportation.
I contacted Trimet to find out how I could stop driving and start using transportation and they informed me that the state offered strong incentives for me not to drive including pre-tax trimet bus and Max pass. The state will pay $200 a year on the cost of that pass.
The obstacle is my supervisor. But it may also be her supervisor
Does anyone know how Trimet puts together these employer-base programs to get people to stop driving? How can I get my supervisor to change her ways. Is there someone at Trimet or the state who should make sure incentives flow down to supervisors so employees can actually make changes in their lifestyles.
I am so driven to make this change that I am even looking for another place to live so I can have access to public transportation and a place to ride my bike safely. That is not possible where I live now. I would have to drive my car to a place to catch the bus.
I want to change... and stop driving... .stop being part of the problem... .stop consuming oil and gas and corporate stuff...
Who has made the change? Tell me how you did it.