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Old March 6th, 2014, 09:23 PM   #81
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On the 5th March, FTA announced list of 32 favorable transit projects for funding for 2015. Region's favored matched in red:

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Old March 13th, 2014, 11:35 PM   #82
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Old March 14th, 2014, 12:22 AM   #83
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It looks as if the streetcar and the light rail are sharing the same tracks over the bridge. I guess this makes sense, but I believe this is the first time they share the same tracks. They have crossed each others tracks many times.
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Old March 14th, 2014, 12:54 AM   #84
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It looks as if the streetcar and the light rail are sharing the same tracks over the bridge. I guess this makes sense, but I believe this is the first time they share the same tracks. They have crossed each others tracks many times.
The Urban Rail website < http://urbanrail.net/am/ptld/portland.htm > shows the light rail and streetcar systems on separate bridges.

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Old March 14th, 2014, 01:03 AM   #85
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I wish I had taken a picture of the map they posted at all the streetcar stations. It showed much more clearly the rail expansion project. The bridge I was taking pictures of is at the bottom of the picture. The blue (teal) streetcar line will make a large complete loop when the bridge opens. It will share the bridge (and the tracks) with the light rail line shown as the dotted black line.
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Old March 14th, 2014, 01:31 AM   #86
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Old March 14th, 2014, 05:27 AM   #87
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Interesting how, despite Portland's much lauded LRT and streetcar system, the system continues to bleed ridership as shown by the latest APTA figures.
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Old March 15th, 2014, 08:14 AM   #88
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Re ridership

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Interesting how, despite Portland's much lauded LRT and streetcar system, the system continues to bleed ridership as shown by the latest APTA figures.
Ridership is down somewhat; an article in the newspaper blames the elimination of the downtown free-zone as one reason. But the opening of the new orange line on the new bridge should increase ridership since it will serve southeast Portland and nearby suburbs not served by any transit other than buses.
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Old March 16th, 2014, 08:16 AM   #89
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Portland is needing a new approach

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Ridership is down somewhat; an article in the newspaper blames the elimination of the downtown free-zone as one reason. But the opening of the new orange line on the new bridge should increase ridership since it will serve southeast Portland and nearby suburbs not served by any transit other than buses.
I believe that the Portland LRT/Street Car system has grown about as far a street car system can. The issue is the 30 minute transit time boundary: anything past that time distance will not work except for certain lines with extreme usage spikes at rush hours.

Portland needs a couple of high speed spines (30 mph including stops average EMD units that cross the Portland LRT at multiple locations. 15 miles would take 30 minutes). This would provide far better interconnectivity outside Portland, and would stimulate "destination stop" type development at transfer stations, if designs similar to many in Tokyo were studied and then encouraged via good zoning.
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Old March 17th, 2014, 02:22 AM   #90
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Why does the line cut all the way over to 7th and then back to MLK instead of running the whole route down MLK?
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Old March 17th, 2014, 08:27 AM   #91
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Did a little research and Portland's LRT has been in slow decline for a few years now.

In 2009 the system was carrying approx. 110,000/day and that was BEFORE any of the Green Line had opened. All of Portland's LRT lines carry less passengers than the 3 years old 18km Canada Line in Vancouver yet Portland and Vancouver are about the same size.

Although clearly Portland is a progressive city in terms of urban planning, I've often thought that it's reputation of being some sort of transit nirvana was way overblown.
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Old March 19th, 2014, 03:59 AM   #92
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Although clearly Portland is a progressive city in terms of urban planning, I've often thought that it's reputation of being some sort of transit nirvana was way overblown.
I've questioned Portand's somewhat modest ridership and it's high auto usage relative to it's reputation too, but I feel this explanation an SSP forumer was able to help clarify it.

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You wouldn't be surprised if you knew the history. Check out Portland in 1968:


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Portland is today well-regarded for its good transportation planning not because it retains an ancient and continuous transit orientation like Boston, but rather, because 45 years ago Portland had fallen into complete auto dependency. The cityscape was every bit as autocentric as the worst of the sunbelt sprawlers: no trains, no transit malls, no bikeways. Today's downtown waterfront esplanade was a freeway. None of the things that has brought Portland notice and acclaim among urban planners since then were present when the city decided to move in a radically different direction.

Portland is notable because of how it has managed to salvage a walkable, multimodal city from the mess you see in the above photo. It's notable for the fundamental decisions made, the plans carefully laid out, the decades of dedication to constructing from scratch a full rail network, bike network, and a decent pedestrian sphere in a place that really was more like Houston than Boston.

Among the many good decisions Portland made: a downtown parking moratorium. Those parking garages you mention were as offensive to local city planners as they are to you and me, and thus they are the last of their kind.
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Old April 8th, 2014, 07:10 PM   #93
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From Railway Gazette:

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TriMet awards Portland smart card contract
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USA: Transport agency TriMet has awarded INIT a contract to implement smart card ticketing for light rail, commuter and bus services in Portland, Oregon.

The contract announced on April 1 covers an initial 1·3 million contactless smart cards, 1 100 onboard and platform validators, 100 retail terminals, 90 mobile inspection devices, a web portal and a MOBILEvario back-office system.

The system will also accept contactless bank cards and NFC mobile phone payments, and could in the future be extended to the city of Vancouver in Washington. An open architecture approach will provide APIs to external partners for fare payment and inspection, mobile ticketing, device management and fleet management information
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Here's a timelapse video of the Tilikum Crossing under construction:

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Old October 5th, 2014, 02:10 PM   #95
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Tilikum Crossing from sky:


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Now we have a reveal of the new "Type 5" light rail vehicles that will be rolling down the Orange Line (including the aforementioned Tilikum Crossing over the Willamette) come September of next year.



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First train on new Tilikum Crossing:

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I wish I had taken a picture of the map they posted at all the streetcar stations. It showed much more clearly the rail expansion project.
Like this:http://www.trimet.org/pdfs/maps/citycenter.pdf? (from this page: http://www.trimet.org/streetcar/index.htm)
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