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During construction, Cascade transportation options available

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June 3, 2013
Written by Gina Whitehill-Baziuk

It’s official – construction has begun at the Cascade Campus. Campus and college leaders as well as key community partners attended the groundbreaking for this bond work on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at the site of where the new underground parking structure will be built.

Officially, work crews will start in earnest on Friday, Dec. 14. The construction will result in two new buildings (student center and academic building with a childcare center) and a new underground parking facility. However, with this new phase will be some parking issues that students, staff and faculty must be aware of. About 145 parking spaces will be unavailable for use because of this activity.

Left to right, Cascade President Algie Gatewood, Cascade Student Leader Esther Forbyn, PCC Board Member Kali Thorne Ladd and College President Preston Pulliams. Campus and college leaders as well as key community partners attended the campus' bond groundbreaking on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at the site of where the new underground parking structure will be built.

The parking structure won’t be online until late 2013 and in the mean time PCC has set up five satellite parking lots and the PCC Shuttle to help with this issue.

Cascade Campus Transportation Options:

Satellite Parking Lots –Locations include North Michigan/Sumner (Emmanuel Temple Church); North Williams/Killingsworth (Salvation Army); 1001 N. Killingsworth St. (Telephone Exchange East); 1041 N. Killingsworth St. (Telephone Exchange West); and Portland Metro Workforce Training Center.

PCC Shuttle Service – The free shuttles connect all PCC campuses and centers, and can be a good way to get to class or work.

Tri-Met – Bus lines #4 and #72 serve the Cascade Campus and its surrounding area.

Light rail – The Yellow Line MAX train operates near the campus with the Killingsworth Station a mere six blocks from Cascade.

Bike Rentals – For $15 per term, students can rent refurbished bicycles at the campus’ student government office. Check out theCascade Bike Rental Program.

Rideshare Permits – Ride Share is a new program offered by PCC to encourage students who would normally drive separately to ride to campus together.

Car2Go – Students, faculty, and staff who do not commute via single occupant vehicle can use Car2go to run errands, to get someplace in case of emergency, or to go to a meeting.

During the formation of PCC’s Climate Action Plan back in 2007, the Transportation Subcommittee was formed to address those issues relating to emissions caused from commuting and transportation. The Parking & Transportation Department at PCC has been involved in Transportation Demand Management planning and implementation beginning in 1992. TDM encompasses the goals and strategies implemented by a department or organization to change travel behavior. The first TDM plan, developed in 1992, created a solid foundation that the department has continued to build on over the last 19 years.

Approved by voters in 2008, the PCC Bond Program is overseeing extensive construction and renovation projects all over the district to provide educational opportunities for the college’s rapid enrollment growth. To learn more about what’s happening with the bond projects, visit the PCC Bond Program website.

PCC’s 2008 voter-approved $374 million bond program is increasing opportunities for residents to access quality, affordable higher education close to where they live and work. Additional classrooms, updated equipment and technology, and advanced workforce training programs are helping to pave the way for future employment options. For more information, visit