Portland just gets better and better

A description is given of the extensive LRT system in Portland, Oregon, USA, which has recently been extended and for which further additions are planned. The development of the LRT system, known as MAX (Metropolitan Area Express), is briefly outlined. The new Green Line, run by TriMet, the three county transit operator for the Portland Metropolitan area, is an 8 mile section running from Gateway Transit Centre in East Portland to Clackamas town centre. Details are given of costs and proposed frequencies. 8 new stations, some with park and ride, and all with wheelchair access and public art, are included. 22 new Siemens Transportation vehicles will run at 55 mph with train-to-wayside communication, automatic train stop and event recorders. The opening of the Green Line was accompanied by the diversion of the Yellow Line to serve the Transit Mall on Fifth and Sixth Avenues and Portland State University. The Transit Mall project, which has involved the redevelopment of two key transit corridors whilst maintaining a viable business area, is considered in more detail. Extensions to the Portland Streetcar, which runs at 12 minute intervals on a loop between the Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital and the South Waterfront and a new aerial tramway from the South Waterfront to Mount Washington are also noted.


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  • Pagination: 420-423
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01147134
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Dec 24 2009 8:46AM