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"Close the Loop" Project
The next phase in the Portland Streetcar construction will be the "Close the Loop" project. This project will connect the Streetcar to the TriMet Portland to Milwaukie Light Rail Bridge on both sides of the river closing the southern end of the Loop. The first phase of construction began in August 2013 with the construction of a turnaround at SE Stephens between MLK and Grand followed by work to connect the SE Water/OMSI stop location and the SW Moody tracks with the new bridge. The "Close the Loop" project is slated to open in the fall of 2015 in conjunction with the opening of the Portland to Milwaukie Light Rail Project.
Streetcar Planning Goals:
- Link neighborhoods with a convenient and attractive transportation alternative.
- Fit the scale and traffic patterns of existing neighborhoods.
- Provide quality service to attract new transit ridership.
- Reduce short inner-city auto trips, parking demand, traffic congestion and air pollution.
- Encourage development of more housing and businesses in the Central City.