Portland s Streetcar Lines

In 1927, the local street railway system entered a period of slow decline that ended in 1950, when Portlands last city streetcars gave way to buses. This is the history of those classic lines.

Portland s Streetcar Lines

Author: Richard Thompson

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 1439640386

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Portland neighborhoods owe their location, alignment, and growth to a splendid, 19th-century innovation: the streetcar. This city still bears the imprint of the carlines that once wove their way out to suburbs in every direction, including Fulton, Portland Heights, Goose Hollow, Nob Hill, Slabtown, Willamette Heights, Albina, Saint Johns, Irvington, Rose City, Mount Tabor, Montavilla, Mount Scott, and Sellwood. As routes developed, people used them for more than just getting to work; they also discovered the recreational function of street railways while visiting friends, parks, and shopping areas farther from the center of town. The time of the trolley peaked during the 1910s. In 1927, the local street railway system entered a period of slow decline that ended in 1950, when Portland’s last city streetcars gave way to buses. This is the history of those classic lines.

Trains Buses People

The Role of Transit in America New York: New York City Subway New York:
PATH Boston: Orange/Red/Blue Lines Philadelphia: Broad ... New York: Hudson
–Bergen Los Angeles: Blue/Green/Gold/Expo lines San Diego: San Diego Trolley
Portland: MAX = Phoenix. ... Connector Salt Lake City: S-Line Dallas:
McKinney Avenue Trolley Tampa: TECO Line Streetcars Dallas: Dallas Streetcar
Little Rock: ...

Trains  Buses  People

Author: Christof Spieler

Publisher: Island Press

ISBN: 1610919033

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What are the best transit cities in the US? The best Bus Rapid Transit lines? The most useless rail transit lines? The missed opportunities? In the US, the 25 largest metropolitan areas and many smaller cities have fixed guideway transit—rail or bus rapid transit. Nearly all of them are talking about expanding. Yet discussions about transit are still remarkably unsophisticated. To build good transit, the discussion needs to focus on what matters—quality of service (not the technology that delivers it), all kinds of transit riders, the role of buildings, streets and sidewalks, and, above all, getting transit in the right places. Christof Spieler has spent over a decade advocating for transit as a writer, community leader, urban planner, transit board member, and enthusiast. He strongly believes that just about anyone—regardless of training or experience—can identify what makes good transit with the right information. In the fun and accessible Trains, Buses, People: An Opinionated Atlas of US Transit, Spieler shows how cities can build successful transit. He profiles the 47 metropolitan areas in the US that have rail transit or BRT, using data, photos, and maps for easy comparison. The best and worst systems are ranked and Spieler offers analysis of how geography, politics, and history complicate transit planning. He shows how the unique circumstances of every city have resulted in very different transit systems. Using appealing visuals, Trains, Buses, People is intended for non-experts—it will help any citizen, professional, or policymaker with a vested interest evaluate a transit proposal and understand what makes transit effective. While the book is built on data, it has a strong point of view. Spieler takes an honest look at what makes good and bad transit and is not afraid to look at what went wrong. He explains broad concepts, but recognizes all of the technical, geographical, and political difficulties of building transit in the real world. In the end,Trains, Buses, People shows that it is possible with the right tools to build good transit.

Metro

Rick Gustafson , principal , at Portland , Ore . ... Daily ridership for Portland
Streetcar is approximately 12 , 000 . ... the city when Amazon de - cided to
relocate its headquarters , one million square feet of new office building on the
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How it Works

Like many U . S . cities , though , Portland is reviving the streetcar , and the first
new streetcar line was opened in 2001 . Developments Since the 1970s , interest
in streetcars has revived in the United States because they use less energy and ...

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Highlights the latest scientific and technological advances, from inventions and discoveries to a history of technology.

Forum Journal

The streetcar line would spur redevelopment , provide a more balanced
transportation system , and be a practical symbol of hope in keeping with that city
' s heritage . Streetcars are not just of interest to New Orleans and Portland .
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Mass Transit

003 With the help of a local Congressman , Portland is leading the charge to
bring back this appealing , economical mode of ... The Portland Streetcar and
other The streetcar line runs through the projects like it in the works across heart
of the ...

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Planning

GO BY STREETCAR Adam J . Benjamin , courtesy NW Virtual Transit Center
Portland ' s streetcars are credited with ... 5 - mile - long streetcar line has been a
catalyst for $ 600 million worth of development , including 4 , 000 residential units
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Sustainable Industries Journal

... communications director of Portland ' s TriMet , which operates the region ' s
MAX light rail and bus system . In Florida , Tampa ' s TECOline streetcar project
has broken ranks with many transit agencies , aggressively pursuing advertising
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Portland s Streetcars

Street railways arrived early in Portland and made lasting social and economic contributions that are still apparent in the layout and character of the citys neighborhoods today.

Portland s Streetcars

Author: Richard Thompson

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 9780738531151

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Street railways arrived early in Portland and made lasting social and economic contributions that are still apparent in the layout and character of the citys neighborhoods today. During the 1890s, streetcar lines spread rapidly into the West Hills and across the Willamette River. The technological prowess of the growing Rose City was reflected in the largest horsecar in the Northwest, the second steepest cable car grade in the nation, the first true interurban railway, and an annual illuminated trolley parade. By the dawn of the 20th century, Portland could boast of the largest electric railway system in the West, as well as its first eight-wheeled streetcar. The streetcars lasted into the late 1950s here, and then, after a hiatus of nearly 30 years, were rediscovered by a new generation of urban planners. Street railways arrived early in Portland and made lasting social and economic contributions that are still apparent in the layout and character of the citys neighborhoods today. During the 1890s, streetcar lines spread rapidly into the West Hills and across the Willamette River. The technological prowess of the growing Rose City was reflected in the largest horsecar in the Northwest, the second steepest cable car grade in the nation, the first true interurban railway, and an annual illuminated trolley parade. By the dawn of the 20th century, Portland could boast of the largest electric railway system in the West, as well as its first eight-wheeled streetcar. The streetcars lasted into the late 1950s here, and then, after a hiatus of nearly 30 years, were rediscovered by a new generation of urban planners.

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BUSINESS 336323 Trolleysby any other name DAVID FALCONER FOR
USNAWA 3 CA 230110 Portland D 0 . ge Bu OREGON ... But most Americans
know them simply as trolleys , an all but extinct form of transport that ' s enjoying a
spectacular comeback , with a new look and new technology . ... But a trolley line
built on an old railroad right - of - way can come in at $ 5 million to $ 10 million a
mile .

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Solar Today

Jamison Square , the first park completed out of three , is already operating as
the newest site for the Thursday ... Like other transit projects in Portland , the two
major goals in building the streetcar line were first to reduce short inner - city trips
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Urban Land

rently , only Portland , Oregon , and Tacoma , Washington , have modern
streetcar lines . However , Seattle ... A member of APTA ' s streetcar
subcommittee , Henry observes , “ They ' ve kind of come full circle . . . . The
problem had been that ...

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Crisis in American Institutions

The electric streetcar lines of Kalamazoo and Saginaw , Mich . , and Springfield ,
Ohio , were UCMT ' s first targets . ... for its selfserving role , as a bus
manufacturer , in apparently attempting to motorize Portland ' s electric streetcar
system .

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Author: Jerome H. Skolnick

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

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The Urban Scene

The electric streetcar lines of Kalamazoo and Saginaw , Mich . , and Springfield ,
Ohio , were UCMT ' s first targets . ... for its self - serving role , as a bus
manufacturer , in apparently attempting to motorize Portland ' s electric streetcar
system .

The Urban Scene

Author: Joe R. Feagin

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Railroad Magazine

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Oct . ' 64 Montana ' s Only Interurban Dec . ... 53 Portland Railroad ( Maine )
Potomac Region Trackage Apr . ' Private Trolley ( Tampa ) July Private Trolley
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The Far Corner

Railroad , to promote the city ' s first streetcar line . Surely Portland was a city now
. Everybody said so . Yet the savage frontier was not far . One day a white - faced
young Army lieutenant came hurrying to the Montgomery home , at Seventh ...

The Far Corner

Author: Stewart Holbrook

Publisher: Comstock Publishing

ISBN: 9780891740438

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Program

You will enjoy the convenience of the sleek , European - designed Portland
Streetcar line and the innovative Metropolitan Area Express ( MAX ) light rail
system . And no visit to Portland is complete without a day spent in Washington
Park ...

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Metropolitan

Portland ' s Oregon Journal newspaper summed up the last streetcar rides in the
following : “ Portland ' s streetcars died with their wheels on — but that ' s about
all . ” Owl runs on the Willamette Heights , Council Crest and 23rd Avenue lines ...

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Portland s Interurban Railway

This is the story of the pioneering local railways that started it all as they built south along the Willamette River to Oregon City and east to Estacada and Bull Run in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains.

Portland s Interurban Railway

Author: Richard Thompson

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 0738596175

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At the end of the 19th century, Portland led the nation in the development of interurban electric railways. The city became the hub of an electric rail network that spread throughout the Willamette Valley. This is the story of the pioneering local railways that started it all as they built south along the Willamette River to Oregon City and east to Estacada and Bull Run in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. More than 200 historic images illustrate Portland's Interurban Railway from its rudimentary beginnings through the peak years, when passengers rode aboard the finest examples of the car builders' art, to the sudden end in 1958.