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Streetcar Fleet up to 17 Vehicles
On Friday, November 21, 2014, Portland Streetcar accepted shipment of its newest streetcar bringing the total fleet to seventeen streetcars. The apple green and purple car, now known as Car 026, will begin testing next week and should begin revenue service before the end of 2014. This is the 7th vehicle from Oregon based manufacturer United Streetcar; United Streetcar has produced and delivered 18 vehicles total for Portland, Washington, DC and Tucson, Arizona since 2009.
The 17th vehicle is essential for the upcoming Portland Streetcar operations beginning September 12, 2015 when the completed Central Loop will provide service across the Tilikum Crossing carrying passengers in both directions around the Central City of Portland and extending the high frequency service currently found on 10th & 11th on the west side south to Portland State University, RiverPlace and the new Collaborative Life Sciences Building.
The streetcar was shipped from United Streetcar’s Clackamas headquarters on Friday morning and crews used jacks to lower the car onto tracks in Portland’s maintenance facility on NW Northrup.
Off The Rails Guide – 3rd Edition
Due to the enormous success and continuing requests from many parties for more copies, we are in the process of printing our 3rd edition of the Portland Streetcar Off the Rails Brochure. While your business may have missed out on this round you could become a part of our very popular guide to dining, retail and services along the Portland Streetcar line. Contact us to be added to the notification list for the Spring edition.
5th Streetcar Mobile Musicfest
A Rockin' Success!
For the 5th time in four years, bands once again joined in on the Portland Streetcar evening commute. On Friday, October 10th, 11 local bands performed on board the North/South (NS) Line from the Portland State University Urban Plaza to NW 23rd and back. Bands included 3 time participants Boy and Bean, Fatha Green, Brakemouth, Old Friend, Novosti, PWRHAUS, Moniker, Chandler Strutz/Just Lions, Frizz, Fringe Class and Moongriffin & Bernstein. Ranging from experimental jazz to electronica, bands kept the streetcars rocking from 6:30-10:00 PM.
A favorite of both riders and bands, the Portland Streetcar Mobile Musicfest has begun to inspire other cities to launch a festival of their own This September in Minneapolis,, Metro Transit had musicians perform on their Green Line Light Rail for the Rail~Volution conference. In Tampa, Florida this week, the TECO Trolley is celebrating their 12th Anniversary of operations with a performance on board their streetcars. And in the Coachella Valley of California, SunLine Transit Agency is having the ‘111 MusicFest’ with live music on a bus line that runs from Palm Springs to Indio.
Don’t worry if you missed out on the Streetcar Mobile Musicfest last week! Another event will be coming your way in 2015.
The Streetcar Mobile Musicfest is Back!
Friday, October 10, 2014
6:00PM – 9:30PM
Additional Streetcar service between Portland State, Oregon Health & Science University and the new Collaborative Life Sciences Building
Beginning Monday, September 29, 2014 Portland Streetcar will operate a “Shadow Train” between SW Lowell & Bond and SW 3rd & Harrison. This train will be an unscheduled streetcar that will operate between regularly scheduled North/South (NS) Line streetcars. The “Shadow Train” will provide a much needed connection for students and faculty travelling between Portland State University and the new Collaborative Life Sciences Building (CLSB) in South Waterfront. The additional streetcar will operate Monday–Friday during regular school hours throughout the school year.
To learn more about the CLSB, check out OHSU's video.
Statement from Portland Streetcar Inc. on Dog Attack
On September 24, 2014 there was a tragic and avoidable incident on Portland Streetcar. At approximately 6:30pm several passengers with dogs boarded the vehicle heading east; two of the dogs engaged in a fight leading to the death of one.
Authorities are currently investigating the incident to determine exactly what happened and what enforcement actions may be needed. Portland Streetcar, the Portland Bureau of Transportation, the Portland Police Bureau and Multnomah County Animal Control are all cooperating and involved in the investigation.
No arrests have been made and no citations have been issued.
This is a very unfortunate incident. It appears to be an unprovoked attack by one dog on another. Both dog owners cooperated with police.
The dog is in the care of the Multnomah County Animal Shelter and won’t be released until the conclusion of the county’s investigation.
The county is investigating to determine whether the animal should be classified as a “potentially dangerous dog,” a classification that could include a fine for the owner and conditions for keeping the public safe.
As a reminder to everyone, animals are not allowed on Portland Streetcar unless they are service animals or being transported in a safe container appropriate for carrying the size and type of animal. This rule is in place mainly for public safety.
People who need service animals have a right to use public transit including Portland Streetcar.
The policy for service animals is one that requires both personal responsibility from all pet owners and appropriate enforcement from transit agencies like Portland Streetcar.
In the coming weeks Portland Streetcar will work to better educate the public on our policies.
PORTLAND STREETCAR ANNOUNCES MONTHLY STREETCAR ONLY PASS
Today the Portland Streetcar, Inc. (PSI) Board of Directors approved a plan to establish a monthly pass good for unlimited rides on Portland Streetcar beginning October 1, 2014. The monthly pass, which will cost $23 per month, will be good for unlimited rides on Portland Streetcar’s 14.7 mile system. The pass is available for purchase at Portland Streetcar’s customer service center located at 1031 NW 11th Ave, online, at several outlets around the alignment and on the mobile application for iPhone and Android devices.
“The monthly pass will be a great addition for regular Streetcar users that don’t want to pay the full $250 for an annual pass up front” said Dan Bower, Executive Director of PSI. “We recognize that for many of our users, $250 is a lot of money to pay at one time; my hope is the Monthly Streetcar Only Pass broadens our reach and will provide access to more users.”
The fare policy for Streetcar has evolved as the network grew to include stations outside of what was known as Fareless Square, or later, Free Rail Zone. Today, 76 stations are served by twelve streetcars running roughly every 14 minutes. Additional service will be added to the Central Loop line when the Tilikum Crossing opens in September 2015. The Streetcar provides 5.6 million rides each year (18,600 per weekday).
Since opening in 2001; over 46 million square feet of new construction including over 18,000 new housing units have been built adjacent to the streetcar alignment, according to City permitting data.
Portland Streetcar began operations in 2001 and was the first modern streetcar system in North America. With the opening of Tucson, AZ last month there are now five systems in operation in America and dozens more in planning stages.