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Old Posted Jul 20, 2006, 7:27 PM
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Portland Streetcar News

Great news from Portlandtransport:

Another Reason for Streetcar to Celebrate


Just in time for the fifth birthday celebration for Portland Streetcar, word just in that the Oregon Transportation Commission has awarded $2.1M from Connect Oregon to the Lowell St. extension. This should cap the funding plan for the extension and insure the opening of another segment in about a year.

Connect Oregon is a $100M State program intended to complement the OTIA programs benefiting roads and bridges in the last few legislative sessions. Looking at the awards list, freight and transit are big winners.
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South Waterfront hopes to build momentum on key streetcar link

The City Council votes today on the eight-block, $14.5 million extension




Wednesday, July 26, 2006
RYAN FRANK
Grass has sprouted on the first park. Workers scurry to raise the fifth condo building a few blocks from the tram tower. And joggers pound the riverfront trail.

Portland's pricey South Waterfront district is starting to fill out into the neighborhood city leaders -- led by former Mayor Vera Katz -- envisioned three years ago when they agreed to help private developers pay for Portland's largest redevelopment project

"Things are moving along very well," said Larry Brown, who manages the South Waterfront's redevelopment for the city's Portland Development Commission.

Today, the City Council could keep the $2 billion project rolling when it votes on a long-planned extension of the Portland Streetcar. The streetcar, along with the aerial tram, is among the key projects that solved the area's decades-long transportation problems and attracted private investors.

The $14.5 million streetcar project would build an eight-block loop that ends at Lowell Street. Construction would start next month.

The streetcar is one of three projects that got sped up this spring when the City Council raised its investment in the district.

The council endorsed a new funding package after the costs of the aerial tram jumped. It includes money for public improvements that would turn a mostly vacant industrial district into a neighborhood of high-rise condos and an expanded campus for Oregon Health & Science University.

With residents moving in and condos rising more quickly than anticipated, developers and the city realized they needed neighborhood features sooner than planned. Along with the streetcar, the new deal would bring a 2-acre park and riverfront greenway faster than planned, Brown said.

The cost for roads, the tram and parks, among other public improvements, would be $195 million in the first eight years. City, state and federal taxpayers would pick up $125 million. Developers and property owners would pay the rest.

The public's share of the overall costs would rise in the new deal from 57 percent to 64 percent.

While some district features were moved up, South Waterfront's affordable housing was pushed back. Original plans had the first apartments rising among a concentration of high-priced condos in 2005; that's been put off until fall 2007.

So far, condo sales remain strong. Homer Williams, South Waterfront's lead developer, said about one-third of the condos in the Atwater Place tower, the highest priced yet, have been sold even though the building won't be done for two years. "It's very solid," Williams said.

For the streetcar, about $4.8 million of the cost would be picked up by South Waterfront property owners. (The bills will be as high as $3.23 per square foot of land.) Another $2 million would come from a state grant.

The council also will vote today on a $11.9 million contract with Stacy & Witbeck to build the extension. The Alameda, Calif.,-based firm has built all of Portland's streetcar lines. If it gets the council's OK, the nonprofit Portland Streetcar Inc. will manage the project under a $442,200 contract with the city, said Vicky Diede, Portland's streetcar manager.
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Old Posted Jul 26, 2006, 4:47 PM
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Temporary Park opens Labor Day 2006
Gibbs Streetcar Extension: opens Oct. 20, 2006
OHSU Bldg 1 opens Nov. 1, 2006
Tram opens in December to OHSU employees and later to the public at an unscheduled date
John Ross opens March 2007
Williams & Dame and Gerding/Edlen to start two condo projects in 2007 (Blks 41 & 46?)
210-unit affordable housing building to start fall 2007 (The Alexan?)
Lowell Streetcar Extension: starts construction mid-August 2006, finishes construction September 2007
Permanent Greenway design starts 2007, Permanent Greenway opens 2009
Permanent Park design starts 2007, Permanent Park opens 2009

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Old Posted Jul 26, 2006, 5:03 PM
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So Lowell streetcar opens September 2007
B-town to W-ville rail opens September 2008
Green Line MAX opens September 2009
What's opening in September 2010?
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Old Posted Jul 26, 2006, 5:11 PM
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So Lowell streetcar opens September 2007
B-town to W-ville rail opens September 2008
Green Line MAX opens September 2009
What's opening in September 2010?
Banfield MAX opened Sept. 1986
Westside MAX opened Sept. 1998
Airport MAX opened Sept. 2001
Interstate MAX opened May 2004 (but was scheduled to open Sept. 2004)

Sept. 2010: Maybe Eastside Streetcar?
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Old Posted Jul 26, 2006, 5:15 PM
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Sept. 2010: Maybe Eastside Streetcar?
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all laid out...

they are beginning to lay rebar for the future streetcar - tram, streetcar, building entry, bicycles, and pedestrians - portland's version of mini-amesterdam.
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i can't see it
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Portland not full of hipsters?! You've got to be kiddin! Which bars do you go to, man? Maybe I need to change bars. =P

As far as being like Amsterdam - our streetcar isn't aggressive enough in comparison. By the way, when are we going to legalize weed for recreational use? We've got a looooong way to go.
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My new signature is a tongue-in-cheek response to this:
http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=114216
just in case you missed that Seattle thread and are wondering why I'm bothering to (un)compare us to Boulder, of all places...

Any reference to the word "hipster" made my me has to be somewhat facetious. The word doesn't have such an awful association in my mind (until people start talking about white belts, black hair, emo, and PBR, at least), certainly better than, say, "hippie"--yuck. Take Holocene, for instance. That place is chock full of people that I'd consider hipsters. Fashion designers, filmmakers, artists, musicians, and on and on. Most of them are friendly, doing good things, and some of them even have lefty politics and good style, an unusual and IMO healthy combination. If that's hipster, I'll take it.
I'm one of them. You yourself have a scooter, ay?

Weed might as well be legal in this city. In fact, we should have a smiley face with a joint in its mouth.

Anyways, back to the tram... which I'm looking out at through the smoke and haze right now.
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cool thanks how did you get back there?
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I was watching them lay down the rails in that section yesterday.

towrivers: And just perhaps maybe. But sometimes you feel there's a bit overemphasis on the fashion too, y'know?

And aye I've a scoot.

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Great news!

And, as 65MAX has eluded to above, I wish they would consolidate the MAX stops downtown to perhaps 2 (Goose Hollow and Pioneer). That would make the system a tad faster.
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Great news!

And, as 65MAX has eluded to above, I wish they would consolidate the MAX stops downtown to perhaps 2 (Goose Hollow and Pioneer). That would make the system a tad faster.
Two stops in all of downtown would be a little light. Four block spacing would make sense. Anything less would make the system useless in Portland and hurt ridership. You need a balance between speed and usability.
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Free Streetcar Service for First Thursdays

(Portland, Ore.) – People riding Portland Streetcar every evening on First Thursday from May through

October will not have to pay a fare thanks to a sponsorship from Wave, a Northwest gigabit fiber and broadband services company.

Wave is sponsoring “Ride Free First Thursday” program for all Portland Streetcar patrons citywide riding on First Thursdays from 5:00pm until closing. Wave recently launched its new high-speed gigabit service, Wave G, in multiple Pearl District and SW Waterfront residential buildings. The Portland gigabit service is part of an accelerated expansion of the company’s fiber network.

“We’re thrilled to be able provide Wave G service to the vibrant and creative Portland community,” said Doug Woods, Wave’s Vice President of Corporate Development. “We’re excited to support Portland Streetcar and the Pearl District’s monthly art walk. Being a part of this signature event each month allows us to introduce ourselves to local residents in a unique way.”

All lines of the Portland Streetcar operate from 5:45 AM to 11:30 PM on weekdays.

About the Portland Streetcar. As the first modern streetcar system to be built in the United States, the Portland Streetcar serves 15,000 riders each day on the A/B Loops and the North/South (NS) Line. Ridership is expected to grow to 20,000 riders per day by 2025.
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Or at least get rid of the kings hill stop. That one is such a waste of time and is very redundant...
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Neighbors participate in Broadway-Weidler charrette



About 80 seats ready for neighbors and others interested in how Northeast Broadway and Weidler streets are developed were barely enough, and as many as a dozen neighbors were seen standing during presentations made at a charrette held in mid-May. The crowd of just under 100 gathered at Grace Memorial Episcopal Church, 1535 N.E. 17th Avenue, in the Sullivan’s Gulch neighborhood.

The Broadway-Weidler Alliance coordinated the charrette, a meeting to involve stakeholders in community design and planning. The alliance describes itself as a group of neighbors who meet monthly to talk about the east-west Broadway-Weidler couplet and how to avoid unintended consequences as the streets are developed to meet changing needs of the half-dozen adjacent neighborhoods.

The first third of the three-hour charrette focused on the Portland Streetcar, developer interests and Metro involvement. Streetcar Executive Director Dan Bower, property owner/developer Jon Carroll and Metro Councilor Sam Chase made presentations. Most questions were deferred to the second part of the meeting where questions were fielded in conversations between attendees and mostly government agency representatives.
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Streetcar's next stop: some of Portland's major commuting corridors



The Portland Streetcar runs on 16 miles of track, past soaring downtown office towers and through neighborhoods offering postcard-perfect river views.

But it was an unassuming spot near a short curve in the track, where the streetcar line's eastside spur meets the Tilikum Crossing bridge, that Dan Bower recently met a group of touring transportation officials.

"This," the director of Portland Streetcar Inc. said, "is our most important 45 feet of track."

The short section, opened at the same time as Tilikum Crossing in September, completed a full loop of Portland's central city. With it, a decades-old vision for a streetcar line circulating residents and visitors throughout the city's core was finally complete.

But streetcar officials aren't done. Bower's nonprofit, the city and TriMet are now negotiating a new vision, considering additional spurs that would compete with existing TriMet bus routes.
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Portland eyes streetcar extension in South Waterfront
By Brad Schmidt | The Oregonian/OregonLive
on November 05, 2016 at 6:01 AM, updated November 05, 2016 at 6:03 AM

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Portland transportation officials want to extend the city's South Waterfront streetcar route by nearly one-third of a mile, the first expansion since completing the Tilikum Crossing in 2015.

The streetcar line currently ends at Southwest Lowell Street. Officials want to send it south to Hamilton Court.

Project costs haven't been determined.

Portland officials are pushing for the streetcar expansion along a new street in the constrained South Waterfront District. That plan would extend Southwest Moody Avenue, south of Bancroft Street, and the streetcar would be built in conjunction with the new road.

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