FTA grant for Portland streetcar study

Written by Stuart Chirls, Senior Editor
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A Federal Transit Administration grant will help a Pacific Northwest city study expansion of its streetcar network.

The $1.076-million requested grant underwrites assessment of development opportunities along the proposed 2.3-mile extension to Montgomery Park in northwest Portland, Ore.

The city is eyeing changes to zoning laws, to attract mixed-use development, and other aspects of the project including redevelopment of the 24-acre site of a demolished steel mill.

The three-year project is estimated to cost $80 million, including new rolling stock and a maintenance facility. The expansion would also double the frequency of service to the city’s Rose Quarter and Convention Center.

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