Thursday, January 12, 2012
Although a Lake Oswego councilor blocked plans for a streetcar connection to Portland, Mayor Sam Adams says Portland's side of the plan is still a go.
Mayor Sam Adams was quick to keep the Portland part of the plan alive, however, noting that the replacement Sellwood Bridge is still designed for a future streetcar line. The location of potential rail lines are identified, and the bridge is being strong enough to support streetcars. The west end connects to Highway 43, near where the extension was planned to run.
“The bridge will be built streetcar-ready,” Adams says.
Adams’ his first priority is finding the money to close the Portland Streetcar loop around the central city, however. Work is nearly complete on the eastside extension that runs from the Pearl District over the Broadway Bridge to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. Plans call for the extension to cross the Willamette River on a TriMet transit bridge that is being built as part of the Portland-to-Milwaukie light-rail line.
Read more at The Portland Tribune.