Portland's light rail still a national model after 20 years

07/7/2008 | Honolulu Advertiser, The

Two decades after Portland, Ore., built one of the nation's pioneering light rail systems, mass transit there continues to expand, with 50% more track expected in the next 18 months. Encouraged by ridership numbers -- one rail line attracted 76% more users than the bus line it replaced -- city leaders are adding streetcars and commuter rail to the public-transportation mix. Each of Portland's four light rail lines came in at or under budget, and some $6 billion in development has sprouted along the rail corridor.

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