News From Portland – Trams and Light Rail

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The newly-redesigned Portland Streetcar website is especially informative, and is doing a great job
reporting on the week-by-week progress of our forthcoming east side (of the Willamette River) streetcar line. For example, see

http://portlandstreetcar.org/node/16

for a video visualization of the new line, and also

http://portlandstreetcar.org/node/12

which has a good map and discussion of the current Broadway Bridge closure. The 1913 bridge will connect the existing west side line to the new east side one; the bridge is closed all summer for track laying. The bridge was the world’s largest bascule bridge and is still one of the larger ones. If you like interesting bridges, see

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broadway_Bridge_

for a good article.

Finally, have a look at

http://www.nextbus.com/predictor/publicMap.shtml?a=portland-sc&r=streetcar

for a realtime map showing the locations of the trams on the west side

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