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Old June 25th, 2015, 04:08 AM   #121
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Is there any technical difference between the physical infrastructure used by MAX and what the streetcar uses? Obviously they are the same track gauge but besides that?

What I've heard(from the internet) is that the streetcars could run on any MAX tracks if they wanted to, but MAX trains would be too large for most of the streetcar tracks. Or something like that
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Old June 25th, 2015, 04:24 AM   #122
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Is there any technical difference between the physical infrastructure used by MAX and what the streetcar uses? Obviously they are the same track gauge but besides that?

What I've heard(from the internet) is that the streetcars could run on any MAX tracks if they wanted to, but MAX trains would be too large for most of the streetcar tracks. Or something like that
It is probably due to the width of the trains. MAX trains are probably wider than the Streetcar trains and might not fit in the station platforms or around tight turns.
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Old June 25th, 2015, 08:13 AM   #123
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Is there any technical difference between the physical infrastructure used by MAX and what the streetcar uses? Obviously they are the same track gauge but besides that?

What I've heard(from the internet) is that the streetcars could run on any MAX tracks if they wanted to, but MAX trains would be too large for most of the streetcar tracks. Or something like that
Correct. Actually there is a set of turning track at the intersection of SW 10th Avenue and SW Morrison which allows streetcar to run onto MAX track but not vice versa since the corner is too tight for MAX LRT cars to turn. When streetcars need overhaul work, they have to go to MAX garage at Elmonica/170th.
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Old June 25th, 2015, 11:38 AM   #124
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According to TriMet, all trains are wheelchair accessible and have been for quite some time. Perhaps this was met during the Type 1 retrofits in the late 90s.
Type 1s are always coupled with a Type 2 or 3, so every train set is wheelchair accessible.
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Old June 29th, 2015, 04:11 AM   #125
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Looks like the Type 2/3 also got an LED upgrade.



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Old June 30th, 2015, 07:31 AM   #126
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New TriMet bus line to connect Tualatin and Sherwood
By Nuran Alteir | The Oregonian/OregonLive | updated June 29, 2015 at 1:42 PM



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TriMet has introduced a new bus line that will connect Tualatin and Sherwood beginning June 2016.

It's the first direct TriMet route between the two neighboring cities — from the Tualatin WES Commuter Rail Station to the Sherwood Town Center.

Buses on the new line will run every 30 minutes on weekdays during morning and evening commutes. The service is aimed at people traveling for work between the two cities, "including Tualatin's downtown and industrial areas along with the Sherwood Old Town business district and the new Sherwood Center for the Arts," according to a press release from TriMet.
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Old June 30th, 2015, 09:45 AM   #127
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Southwest Corridor staff recommend dropping Marquam Hill/Hillsdale transit tunnels, delaying Sylvania tunnel decision
By Craig Beebe | Submitted: Jun 12, 2015 02:30pm



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Staff working on the Southwest Corridor Plan recommend removing from further consideration transit tunnels beneath Marquam Hill and Hillsdale in efforts to improve transportation in the southwest part of the Portland metropolitan region.

In a draft report released today, planners from the project partners also recommend delaying a decision on whether to keep studying a tunnel to provide direct light rail service to Portland Community College's Sylvania campus, saying they need to do more technical work and community outreach before deciding whether that option is viable.

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Impacts, cost diminish Marquam Hill and Hillsdale tunnels



In short, planners say, the ends don't justify the means – or the money – for either a deep-bored light rail tunnel to serve Marquam Hill and Hillsdale, or a shallower tunnel that would just serve Hillsdale town center.

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Ford said the large price tag of a Marquam Hill light rail tunnel – as much as $900 million in latest estimates – was also a concern. It could cost 35 to 46 percent more than a surface route with only an eight percent bump in total transit ridership, according to the report.

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More time sought to study PCC tunnel option



The costs and benefits of this tunnel are less straightforward, planners say. On the one hand, projections show it could substantially increase ridership by directly serving Portland Community College's largest campus, with over 32,000 students.The PCC Sylvania tunnel option would dig up SW 53rd Avenue, a partially unimproved residential street, to connect light rail from Barbur direct to campus, at an estimated cost of $244 million.

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Old June 30th, 2015, 10:09 AM   #128
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Hi guys, any news on Columbia River Crossing? Whether this project is to be ever relaunched or still be blocked by local government?
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Old June 30th, 2015, 09:26 PM   #129
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Hi guys, any news on Columbia River Crossing? Whether this project is to be ever relaunched or still be blocked by local government?
Definitely no visible intentions. But this might help your cause:

Joseph Rose: Hanjin Shipping leaves Portland and your commute turns nightmarish
By Joseph Rose | The Oregonian/OregonLive | updated June 19, 2015 at 9:26 AM



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In early March, amid local labor strife at the docks, South Korea-based carrier Hanjin Shipping stopped anchoring its ships in Portland. That eliminated 80 percent of business at Terminal 6, Oregon's only international container port. A month later, German carrier Hapag-Lloyd pulled out.

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As a result, businesses are relying increasingly on trains and trucks to move goods to and from ships docking at ports in Seattle and Tacoma.

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Now, according to the port's quick math, the metro area probably sees about 2,000 more truck trips a day as a result of the shipping giants pulling out.

"A good portion of (the trucks) are using the Interstate Bridge," Lahsene said.
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Old July 1st, 2015, 01:08 AM   #130
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Blue Line Station and Crossing Upgrades





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Hollywood–Gresham MAX Stations

Fourteen Blue Line stations between Hollywood/NE 42nd Ave Transit Center and Cleveland are being renovated to increase safety and security and pave the way for information displays and equipment for our future electronic fare system.
Source: http://trimet.org/bettertransit/bluelineupgrades.htm
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Old July 1st, 2015, 01:17 AM   #131
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A bit outdated, but great news.

Crews hard at work laying the foundation for TriMet’s electronic fare system
May 21, 2015 | Roberta Altstadt




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Construction to lay the foundation necessary for TriMet’s future state-of-the-art electronic fare system is well underway, with the initial installation complete at 25 of the more than 90 MAX and WES stations. While the majority of platforms are staying open during the construction, 9 stations do require closures for the work...
Source: http://news.trimet.org/2015/05/crews...c-fare-system/

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As of this posting, installation in 32 stations have been completed. The project is scheduled to finish October 2015.
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No deep tunnel for OHSU: Southwest Corridor plan
By Dana Tims | The Oregonian/OregonLive | updated July 14, 2015 at 2:12 PM

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A high-capacity transit tunnel deep beneath Oregon Health & Science University will not be part of the so-called Southwest Corridor transportation alignment.

A committee leading the study effort voted unanimously Monday to drop both that tunnel and another one serving the Hillsdale area of southwest Portland from further consideration.

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Committee members agreed to drop proposals to dig a 2.4-mile tunnel under OHSU after hospital officials said that the noise and disruption caused by blasting and boring would far outweigh the benefits of direct rail or bus service.

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Also dropped from further consideration was a .38-mile "cut-and-cover" tunnel under Hillsdale's town center.

Areas businesses told the committee that construction-related activity could prove ruinous. "Many said they wouldn't be there by the time it was done," Dirksen said.

Still on the table is a .54-mile light-rail tunnel serving Portland Community College's Sylvania campus. The committee will take up the option again in October, once PCC officials have time to determine how the tunnel would fit into the campus' long-term development plans.
Source: http://www.oregonlive.com/washington...su_southw.html
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What was the ridership estimates for the line?
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http://portlandtransport.com/archive...r-options.html
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More Orange Line trial pics








Rob Barnard, director of the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project



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Portland Streetcar set to double single-ride fares in September
Andy Giegerich | Jul 20, 2015, 2:26pm PDT

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The “Streetcar Only” fare will jump from $1 to $2 beginning Sept. 1. The increased cost of the two-and-a-half hour fare will also affect the price of the “Streetcar Only” monthly and annual passes.

Monthly passes will cost $40, up from $23, while annual pass fees will rise from $250 to $400.

The fare increases will coincide with the opening of the streetcar's new service over Tilikum Crossing this September. The move links what will be called the "A" and "B" loops, with the “A” Loop running clockwise around the city as the "B” Loop runs counter-clockwise.
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5 takeaways from a trip on the MAX Orange Line (and when you can check out the new Tilikum Crossing)
By Elliot Njus | The Oregonian/OregonLive | updated August 04, 2015 at 4:31 PM

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The $1.49 billion MAX Orange Line is set to open just over a month, and its centerpiece Tilikum Crossing bridge preparing for a public debut this weekend.

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Your first chance to cross the Tilikum Crossing is Sunday afternoon. At least, if you weren't among the lucky invited for a tour and you're not registered for the Providence Bridge Pedal on Sunday morning. TriMet is opening the bridge to foot and bicycle traffic from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
















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Tilikum Crossing: public treated to an open house (photos)
By Stephanie Yao Long | The Oregonian/OregonLive | updated August 09, 2015 at 8:53 PM









More pics at source: http://www.oregonlive.com/multimedia...ic_treate.html
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Hoping they do this for new year's!

TriMet's Tilikum Crossing Bridge showcases fireworks for Orange line party (video, photos)
By Randy L. Rasmussen | The Oregonian/OregonLive | updated August 23, 2015 at 8:27 AM























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