Ghost Tracks

Portland's hidden streetcar lines are resurfacing.


Ever drive past a set of rusty old train tracks on a Portland street where no trains go?Portland once had a vast inner-city trolley system similar to San Francisco's that went all the way up to St. Johns and Vancouver and as as far south as Oregon City. Each line was run by different private companies so many tracks ran parallel and were eventually abandoned. As cars became more and more prominent, ...   More
Friday, February 27, 2015 by Lucas Chemotti

Dr. Know: Why are temperatures on public transit so extreme when we live in such a moderate climate?

Dr. Know
It’s fall, and my streetcar is becoming a sweaty, muggy mess again. Whenever the outdoor temperature drops below 80, they start blasting the heat. Why are temperatures on public transit so ext   More
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Murmurs: Kitz Doubles-Down on Dozono

The streetcar is slow getting to Tucson, too.

Gov. John Kitzhaber keeps rolling the dice on Elisa Dozono. In May, WW reported that Kitzhaber submitted Portland lawyer Dozono’s name for a vacancy on the Oregon Lottery Commission, then withdrew i   More
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Slow Ride

The Portland streetcar is coming to the east side, but records show it’s too broke to provide the service boosters promised.

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Last week, Mayor Sam Adams and about two dozen planners, consultants and other civic leaders took their first ride on the new eastside...   More
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 AARON MESH

Dr. Know: The Trains Among Us

What’s the difference between subways and light rail?

Dr. Know
I saw a local-access TV show recently about the streetcar to Lake Oswego, and they mentioned NYC’s trains. The politician replies: “That’s a subway; this is light rail.” What’s the diffe   More
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Atlanta Looks To Portland Before Streetcar Vote, Finds... Streetcar Commuters?

streetcar unicorn

Next Tuesday, people living in and around Atlanta, Georgia will vote on a tax increase to fund a $602 million transportation package that includes a streetcar line. The Atlanta project is closely linked to Portland. As a vice president at the engineering firm HDR, Inc. after leaving Portland's City Council in 2002, current Portland mayoral candidate Charlie Hales had a hand in shaping the Atlanta ...   More
Friday, July 27, 2012 COREY PEIN

Cato Institute Implicates Hales in "Great Streetcar Conspiracy"

Libertarian group accuses mayoral candidate of exaggerating light rail benefits


Charlie Hales is part of a nationwide "conspiracy" to con city planners into building streetcar lines—or at least that's what a libertarian think tank claims.A new Cato Institute report, "The Great Streetcar Conspiracy," accuses light-rail proponents of exaggerating the economic benefits of streetcars to ensure government funding.Randal O'Toole, the Cato fellow who wrote the report, singles out Portland ...   More
Thursday, June 14, 2012 ALEX TOMCHAK SCOTT

A Streetcar Named Desire

The proposed Lake Oswego streetcar won’t reduce congestion, nor will it cost city taxpayers a bundle.

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When Mayor Sam Adams and his council colleagues vote April 20 whether to move forward with a streetcar extension to Lake Oswego, they will do so before answering many key questions. “There’s a    More
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS


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