Trolley Drunk

Take the Portland Streetcar drinking tour.

The Portland Trolley (which, let’s be clear, is just a bus) is offering $98, five-hour wine tours to three urban wineries. The owner says discounts are always available, but who needs tickets to a d   More
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Cincinnati Learns Pros and Cons of the Streetcar Charlie Hales Sold It

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Wednesday's edition of the Cincinnati Enquirer included a rather striking guest editorial: a city official recounting Portland Mayor Charlie Hales' advice about installing a streetcar system.The editorial, written by Cincinnati Vice Mayor David Mann, explains how he visited Portland last weekend to examine the Portland Streetcar. It's a rare look at how Hales, who sold streetcars for a decade before ...   More
Thursday, March 27, 2014 AARON MESH

Rick Gustafson Retiring from Portland Streetcar


Rick Gustafson is retiring as executive director and chief operating officer of Portland Streetcar Inc.Gustafson, 67, has overseen the nonprofit that runs the city's streetcar  for all 12 years of its operation. "The job is bigger," he tells WW, "and I'm slower."Gustafson started as Portland Streetcar Inc.'s chief operating officer in 2001 and assumed executive director duties in 2006.He managed ...   More
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 AARON MESH

Murmurs: Deputy Fife Rides the Portland Streetcar.

There’s more trouble for Diversified Abilities, a Happy Valley company designated by the state as a qualified rehabilitation facility (“Janitorial Mess,” WW, June 26, 2013). As WW reported, Di   More
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

Portland Streetcar Windshields Broken Three Times This Year in Traffic Crashes

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Collisions with traffic have broken Portland Streetcar front windshields three times this year—more than in the previous 12 years of the streetcar's operation combined."There's something in the water this year," says Rick Gustafson, president of Portland Streetcar Inc., the nonprofit that manages the streetcar.Since the Portland Streetcar debuted in 2001, only one front windshield had been damaged ...   More
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 AARON MESH

Eastside Streetcar and Tractor-Trailer Collide

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Update: The city of Portland called in a crane to remove the damaged streetcar from the street, Portland Bureau of Transportation spokesman Dan Anderson says.Initial reports show that the truck driver was at fault, turning into the side of the streetcar, he adds.Obviously, the crash will remove one streetcar from the line until repairs are made, although PBOT hasn't had a chance to calculate how much ...   More
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Streetcar Only Collecting Half of Its Projected Fares


Portland Streetcar has collected a little over half the fares it projected when it installed $1 fare boxes along its lines last fall. The lack of fare revenue means the Portland Bureau of Transportation faces a shortfall in funding the streetcar's $8.9 million annual operating budget. That analysis comes from the City Budget Office, which released its analyses of all 27 city bureau budgets yesterday."The ...   More
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 AARON MESH

WW Endorsement Video: In the Mayor's Race, Talk About Extending the Portland Streetcar


Former City Commissioner Charlie Hales was the most prominent advocate of the Portland streetcar and claims it as one of his biggest success stories. The eastside streetcar "loop" has recently opened, with sparse ridership and a lack of money to operate it as planned.What does Hales think about extending more streetcar lines through the city, now that he's running for mayor?In this endorsement interview ...   More
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: Fluoride Foes Love Their Reflection in the Water.

Flummoxed by the fluoridation fight? Fluoridation opponents are adding to the confusion. The campaign to pass city ballot Measure 26-151 in May, which would authorize fluoridating the drinking wat   More
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

Portland Streetcar Asks City For More Money to Fix Its Only New Vehicle

Other streetcars won't be ready until March


For five months, it's been clear that the only operational American-made streetcar has a list of glitches.Now Portland knows the bill.In a contract amendment that goes before City Council on Wednesday, Portland Streetcar is asking the City of Portland for $145,000 to fix a malfunctioning propulsion system on the only streetcar that manufacturer United Streetcar has yet delivered to the city.Buried ...   More
Monday, January 21, 2013 AARON MESH


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