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Portland Streetcar inaugurated

Not content with having one of the most impressive light rail systems in North America, the city inaugurated its city centre 'streetcar' or tramway line on 20 July. The 7.6-km loop intersects with the MAX light rail and is seen as an instrument of regeneration for areas of Portland just off the city centre that did not gain from the MAX effect, as well as providing a downtown circulator. Service was opened with five low-floor trams built by Skoda of the Czech Republic at a cost of USD2 million each. Two more are on order. The USD 56.9 million project has been funded by parking fees, bonds and improvement taxes.

24 July 2001 (with minor corrections 27 July)


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