INSET: DOWNTOWN PORTLAND
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Operator: TriMet (Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon)
LIGHT RAIL ROUTES
|B||Blue Line||Hillsboro – Beaverton – Sunset – Washington Park – PGE Park – Library / SW 9th – Pioneer Square – SW 1st Ave. – Steel Bridge – NE Holladay Street – Hollywood & 42nd TC – Gateway – E Burnside Street – Gresham|
|G||Green Line||Portland State University (PSU) – 6th Ave. [back: 5th Ave.] (past Pioneer Square) – Union Station – Steel Bridge – NE Holladay Street – Hollywood & 42nd TC – Gateway – War Veterans Memorial Freeway – Clackamas|
|O||Orange Line||Union Station – 5th Ave. [back: 6th Ave.] (past Pioneer Square) - Portland State University (PSU) – Tilikum Crossing - Milwaukie|
|R||Red Line||Beaverton – Sunset – Washington Park – PGE Park – Library / SW 9th – Pioneer Square – SW 1st Ave. – Steel Bridge – NE Holladay Street – Hollywood & 42nd TC – Gateway – Portland International Airport|
|Y||Yellow Line||Portland State University (PSU) – 6th Ave. [back: 5th Ave.] (past Pioneer Square) – Union Station – Steel Bridge – North Insterstate Avenue – Expo Center|
|A||A Loop Streetcar Line||Oregon Museum of Science & Industry (OMSI) – Tilikum Crossing - SW Harrison St. – SW Mill St. - 10th Ave. - Broadway Bridge - NE Weidler St. - NE 7th Ave. - NE Oregon Street - SE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. - Oregon Museum of Science & Industry (OMSI) [Loop line, clockwise]|
|B||B Loop Streetcar Line||Oregon Museum of Science & Industry (OMSI) – SE/NE Grand Ave. - NE Broadway - Broadway Bridge - 11th Ave. – SW Market St. [back: SW Mill St.] - SW Harrison St. – Tilikum Crossing - Oregon Museum of Science & Industry (OMSI) [Loop line, counterclockwise]|
|NS||North-South Streetcar Line||Good Samaritan Hospital – Lovejoy St. [back: Northrup St.] – 11th Ave. [back: 10th Ave.] – SW Harrison St. – South Waterfront|
Note: Route designations by letter are not used by the operator.
AERIAL TRAMWAY (CABLE CAR) ROUTE
Operator: Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU)
|South Waterfront - Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU)|
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE SYSTEM
- Streetcar line: 13 km.
- Light rail lines: 96 km.
- Aerial tramway: 1 km.
- Horse-trams: 1872 - May 1892
- Cable cars: 1890 - 1904
- Streetcars: (1) 17 Nov. 1889 - 28 Feb. 1950; (2) 20 July 2001 - today
- Interurbans (electric): 1890 - 25 Jan. 1958
- Light rail: 5 Sept. 1986 - today
- Aerial tramway (Cable car): 15 Dec. 2006 - today
- Original streetcars (except for the Sellwood line): 1067 mm.
- Interurbans and the Sellwood streetcar line: 1435 mm.
- Light rail and modern streetcars: 1435 mm.
The Oregon Electric Railway Museum (near Salem, south of Portland) and the Willamette Shore Trolley (between lake Oswego and Portland) run vintage Portland streetcars on museum tracks.
- Fox, G. "LRT v. buses: Why Portland chose light rail", Tramways & Urban Transit, Oct. 2009 (72: 862), p.390-392.
- Labbe, J.T. Fares Please! - Those Portland Trolley Years. Caldwell (ID): Caxton, 1980.
- Lietwiler, C. "Portland: Light rail paves the way to a finer future", Tramways & Urban Transit, Jan. 1998 (61: 721), p.18-20.
- Lietwiler, C. "Portland: Now there are four light rail lines", Tramways & Urban Transit, Aug. 2004 (67: 800), p.298-299.
- Lietwiler, C. "Portland: Planning 50 years ahead", Tramways & Urban Transit, Feb. 1998 (61: 722), p.369-375.
- Richard, T. Portland's streetcars. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2006.
- Simons, V. "Portland: Green meets Orange", Tramways & Urban Transit, Dec. 2015 (78: 936), p.473-478.
- Simons, V. "Portland just gets better and better", Tramways & Urban Transit, Nov. 2009 (72: 863), p.420-423.
- Simons, V. "Portland: LRT pathfinder looks to the future", Tramways & Urban Transit, May 2013 (76: 905), p.170-174.
- Taplin, M.R. "Portland: The streetcar makes a welcome comeback", Tramways & Urban Transit, Oct. 2001 (64: 766), p.369-375.
- Wilson, D., Morgan, S. & Clark B. "MAX takes off in Portland", Modern Tramway & Light Rail Transit, May 1987 (50: 593), p.154-165.
- Thompson, R. Portland's interurban railway. Charleston (NC): Arcadia Publishing, 2012
- MAX Light Rail
- Portland Aerial Tram
- MAX Light Rail
- Portland Streetcar
- Portland Vintage Trolley
- Rose City Transit
- Willamette Shore Trolley
- New York Subway: Portland Streetcar
- Oregon Pacific Railroad - History of the Portland Traction Co. & Pepco
- Portland Streetcar
- Portland Trolleys & Streetcars
Special thanks to Russell Powers from Denver CO for information on the history of the Portland system.
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