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Grand Opening of the Portland Streetcar Central Loop

Posted By Kate Washington on September 3, 2012

  • Blog, Featured News, Transportation

The Portland Streetcar is excited to open its newest line, the Central Loop, on September 22, 2012. The celebrations will start at 10:00AM with a Press Event and speeches at the OMSI Plaza in SE Portland. Service will begin by 11:00AM following the press event and the departure of the first, ceremonial train. The Central Loop will connect with the existing streetcar on 10th & 11th in Downtown Portland. From there it will cross the Broadway Bridge traveling along Broadway, Weidler, 7th, MLK and Grand connecting to the Rose Quarter, Lloyd District, Oregon Convention Center, the Central Eastside Industrial District and OMSI. This is the first streetcar project in the country to be funded with a Federal Grant and includes new vehicles made by United Streetcar located in Clackamas, Oregon.

As part of this project, the Pearl will be getting a big belly solar trash can at 14th & Northrup!

Streetcar will be free to all passengers September 22 – 23, 2012 as part of the celebration.

Catch a ride to OMSI September 22, 2012 7:30am – 9:30am for the Grand Opening Celebration

Visit the Portland Streetcar website for more information.

Schedule of Events
10:00AM Press event and speeches on the plaza in front of OMSI in SE Portland
9:00AM – 12:00PM SOLVE Beach and Riverside Cleanup at South Waterfront. Sign up at their website.
10:00AM – 3:00PM Entertainment and vendor booths on the OMSI Plaza
10:00AM – 4:30PM “Streetcars Build a City” Exhibit at the Architectural Heritage Center on SE Grand at Alder
11:00AM – 5:00PM Community Showcase featuring local businesses and entertainment at the Oregon Convention Center Plaza on NE Oregon between Grand and MLK
11:00AM PSU Viking Spirit Ride from OMSI on the PSU Sponsored Streetcar
11:00AM – 5:00PM Urban Art Network’s Art Fair at NW 11th & NorthrupOregon Rail Heritage Center Grand Opening

Author: Kate Washington

Kate is the PDNA's Communication Committee chair leader.

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