Portland — Streetcar Extension Approved
Rail Transit Online, December 2003
The city council on Nov. 5 unanimously approved a
$15.6-million budget for an extension of the downtown streetcar from its
current terminal at Portland State University to RiverPlace. Approval had
been delayed for 10 months while the city attempted to obtain a commitment
from the federal government that would have allowed the 0.6-mi. (0.96 km)
project to serve as the local match for a further streetcar expansion to
Southwest Gibbs Street in the North Macadam Urban Renewal District.
However, the FTA demanded a full environmental impact study that would have
required another year to complete with no guarantee that federal funding
would be forthcoming. Instead, the council agreed to finance both
extensions with purely local money if no financing can be found from other
federal sources. The RiverPlace extension will run along Southwest Harrison
Street to a new terminus at Southwest River Parkway and Moody Street near
the Willamette River.