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Old September 29th, 2015, 03:10 AM   #181
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Is there any possibility of resurrecting the extension to Vancouver?
Doubt it. But hey, they might surprise us. There's just too much traffic on the Interstate Bridge.
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Old September 30th, 2015, 01:33 AM   #182
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What is a High Speed Streetcar?
A streetcar on its own right of way where it can get to higher speeds. The rest of the world calls it a tram, you would probably call it light light rail.
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Old September 30th, 2015, 05:43 AM   #183
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How heavily used is the MAX light rail and Portland streetcar in comparison with other similarly-sized cities? There must be some heavy patronage, otherwise why would Trimet expand as much as it has? And still contemplate even further expansion?
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Old October 5th, 2015, 02:44 PM   #184
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Old October 16th, 2015, 12:45 AM   #185
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I think I saw a study (years ago) about putting at least one of the LRT routes underground through downtown Portland (I think the east-west one along Morrison and Yamhill). The study concluded that it would only save a little bit of time and wasn't worth the cost...however, that was at least ten years ago and there were significantly fewer trains per hour back then—there was no Yellow, Green, or Orange line then. If Portland ever puts a sixth LRT line in along Hawthorne or where ever they ought to seriously look into subway-fying the downtown LRT routes (and maybe using the old LRT tracks for the Portland streetcar?).

I've been unable to find this study but if I do I'll post it here in the future.
Travel time isn't only reason to put the rails underground. If that feasibility study take into consideration only travel time, it is a bad study.

The reasons are:
2. Possibility to use longer transport units, which are more cost-effective (longer then present 2 car trainsets, limited by very dense downtown street network.)
3. More reserve capacity, for future lines.
4. Preconditions for different and better land use in downtown, including pedestrian streets, alleys, more parks and bike lanes.
5. Better safety.

Of course, with all those points, underground section could be not cost-effective.
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Old November 10th, 2015, 10:48 AM   #186
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Second Quarter Ridership numbers for Portland

Portland / Light Rail - 116,000 (2015) : -5.10%
Portland / Bus - 205,800 (2015) : -0.44%
Salem / Bus - 13,500 (2015) : -4.38%
Wilsonville / Commuter Rail - 1,800 (2015) : -9.24%
Wilsonville / Bus - 1,300 (2015) : -11.77%
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Old December 3rd, 2015, 04:23 AM   #187
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Old December 7th, 2015, 10:03 PM   #188
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Anyone in the know on the latest on the Powell/Division plan? Is bus rapid transit officially moving forward there, or is it still the exploratory stage? What do you think is a realistic timeline? I live just a few blocks off Powell a little over 2 miles from downtown, and would love to have an efficient public transport option on days where I decide not to ride my bike.

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Old December 9th, 2015, 07:52 AM   #189
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There will be another meeting about it in Feb 2016.

Source: http://www.oregonmetro.gov/news/powe...t-speed-access
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Old January 5th, 2016, 02:50 PM   #190
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3rd Quarter Ridership numbers for Portland


Portland / Light Rail - 121,700 (2015) : 0.30% +
Portland / Bus - 194,800 (2015) : -0.85%
Salem / Bus - 12,100 (2015) : -4.55%
Wilsonville / Commuter Rail - 1,800 (2015) : -7.04%
Wilsonville / Bus - 1,300 (2015) : -0.00
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Old January 14th, 2016, 11:57 PM   #191
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Several streetcar stops will close for a trial basis on 2016.02.01







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Old February 19th, 2016, 12:58 AM   #192
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Construction on "The Vine", a rapid bus corridor in Vancouver, Washington (across the Columbia River from Portland).



http://www.thevine.c-tran.com/images...-01_Update.pdf
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Old February 27th, 2016, 12:35 AM   #193
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Light Rail to Vancouver Rides Again
By Nigel Jaquiss | Updated February 25 at 1:28 PM | Published February 24 at 6:30 AM


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A bill currently working its way through the Oregon Legislature could offer TriMet a means to fund light rail to Vancouver, Wash.—and another version of the $3.2 billion highway and light-rail project called the Columbia River Crossing.

Senate Bill 1510 gives TriMet new authority to borrow money for construction outside its service area. Critics of the Columbia River Crossing see the bill as a new method to fund the controversial project. (The last attempt to replace the existing I-5 Bridge between Portland and Vancouver died in 2014 after officials spent $200 million on planning.)

"Ultimately," says state Rep. Julie Parrish (R-West Linn), "this is a back door to the CRC and light rail across the Columbia River."
Source: http://www.wweek.com/2016/02/24/ligh...r-rides-again/
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Old April 20th, 2016, 06:27 AM   #194
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Maybe don't buy May TriMet pass, says TriMet
By Elliot Njus | The Oregonian/OregonLive | on April 14, 2016 at 11:53 AM, updated April 15, 2016 at 11:15 AM



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TriMet took the extraordinary step of warning MAX riders to consider not buying a monthly pass for May, when it plans two weeks of disruptive track maintenance.

The $2.1 million project scheduled for May 8 through 21 will close a stretch of track along First Avenue, but the effects will echo throughout the light-rail system, as fewer trains will be able to pass through downtown.

Green Line trains will only serve the east side, while Blue Line trains from Beaverton and Hillsboro will turn around downtown. Yellow, Orange, Blue and Red line trains will all share the downtown transit mall, but each line will run fewer trains than usual.

TriMet said riders who choose to take MAX need to plan for an extra 30 to 45 minutes of commute time during the disruption, but it's advising riders to find another way to work. Bus service will run as usual, and shuttle buses will supplement the reduced MAX service.
Source: http://www.oregonlive.com/commuting/...imet_pass.html
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Old April 20th, 2016, 06:35 AM   #195
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So the western part of the blue line will turn around by running backwards in the loops that once was used by the yellow line?

This raises the question of why there are so few connections between MAX and the street car system? Assuming it's possible to run a MAX wehicle on the street car tracks without any damage it would probably have been good to have the possibility to divert the blue MAX line onto the northern part of the street car network.
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MAX trainsets are heavier and require more turning radius to operate than the streetcars. The streetcar rail is built to a different spec with tighter turns and a lighter railbed that would render a MAX LRV crippled and/or derailed at the first turn.
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4th Quarter 2015 Daily Ridership numbers for Portland


Light Rail
Portland / MAX - 122,900 (2015) : 8.50%

Bus Ridership
Portland / Trimet Bus - 191,000 (2015) : -4.71%

Commuter Rail
Portland Suburbs / WES - 1,700 (2015) : -6.12%
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Committee picks light rail for SW Corridor transit project
By Elliot Njus | The Oregonian/OregonLive | on May 09, 2016 at 2:35 PM, updated May 09, 2016 at 3:22 PM

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A steering committee has picked light rail to link downtown Portland and Tigard, and opted to ditch a plan that would have called for a tunnel to serve Portland Community College's Sylvania campus.

The selection follows a likeminded recommendation earlier this month from planners at the Metro regional government. The planners said light rail would cost less and cause less congestion because it could operate with fewer vehicles than the high-capacity bus service they had also considered.

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The light-rail project is expected to cost $2 billion as currently imagined. A final route hasn't been determined, but it would likely follow Southwest Barbur Boulevard for much of the route.
Source: http://www.oregonlive.com/commuting/..._rail_for.html
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Construction on "The Vine", a rapid bus corridor in Vancouver, Washington (across the Columbia River from Portland).



http://www.thevine.c-tran.com/images...-01_Update.pdf
Bus rapid transit in Vancouver, Washington is scheduled to start 2017.01.08

http://www.thevine.c-tran.com/
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