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Portland’s Modern Streetcar

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  1. Back to the Future for rail? : BlogKC October 29th, 2007 7:22 am

    […] KC Light Rail shows us Portland’s modern streetcar and reminds of a light rail meeting tonight. Categories: […]

  2. zilfondel October 30th, 2007 3:15 am

    I’m from Portland… if you want to model your lightrail system after a less expensive streetcar-based system, you really should take a look at Porto, Portugal: they built a ‘light metro’ using streetcar vehicles, for much less money than what a subway would normally cost.

    See the wiki article here w/pics:

    Note that streetcars and lightrail can run on the same rails, streetcars being lighter weight, of course - and cannot carry as many people, or run as fast. But if the system is only running in the street, that might not be a problem.

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