Comment 30053

By jason (registered) | Posted April 10, 2009 at 09:08:20

Mr. Meister, just to clarify my post. The Portland Streetcar traveled through the downtown at around the same speed as a city bus while I was riding it in Portland. Not the LRT. The LRT zips along upwards of 60 miles per hour, not that we'd see it going that fast along King Street, but the point is, an LRT system will in fact get folks from Eastgate to Mac faster than their car could with the priority transit signals and doing away with this 'green wave' along King/Main that cars currently enjoy.

As for Portland's LRT system, their blue line is 33 miles long. The red line is 25 miles long. The yellow line is 7 miles long. And the newest line preparing to open this fall, the Green line is roughly 14 miles long. Also, I don't have numbers in front of me, but I'd venture to guess that our Mac-Eastgate corridor is more densely populated than any region of Portland. Their 'urban area' of well over 2 million stretches quite a ways out from the city in all directions.

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