Originally Posted by pdxman
Anyways, sorry for the long response. This is all just my opinion and I know most on here won't agree but I had to throw my 2 cents in. I guess it comes down to speed vs. accessibility, and you can't have both!
That's definitely possible... it just depends on proper transit planning.
I don't think a subway line is needed in Portland... we have to begin figuring out what is a need and a want, what is fantasy and what are our priorities. Subways are expensive, Light Rail isn't. The cost of one subway line can give you miles and miles of Light Rail, connecting many communities that are needing rapid transit access in Greater Portland. Also with light rail, you have huge flexibility.
Perhaps in the future, there could be a transit tunnel where the light rail system is underground in the downtown core, but on the surface in the suburbs.
When I was in Portland, I was definitely impressed on how fast the light rail system was... signal priorities, etc.