U.S. transportation secretary calls Portland's streetcar, light rail a "model" for nation
by Dylan Rivera, The Oregonian
Tuesday April 14, 2009, 10:36 AM
The Portland Streetcar zips east on Northwest Lovejoy Street. An eastside extension of the line would cross the Broadway Bridge and run to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood told a national television audience this morning that Portland's light rail and streetcar systems are a model for the nation and he would soon come to Portland to "make some announcements."
The hint about a Portland announcement could mean approval of federal money for the Portland Streetcar's eastside extension, which would be the first streetcar project with substantial federal funding. As The Oregonian has reported, the Bush administration resisted the project for several years.