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15 years ago, we shut down the streets and dirt roads for a parade of 5 streetcars, the Lions of Badacuda and a band of supporters to walk the new Portland Streetcar route from Portland State University to NW 23rd Avenue.  With the hope of 2,000-3,000 riders a day and supporting a new neighborhood the spirits were high.  

July 20, 2001 Grand Opening
Collage of photos from the July 20, 2001 Grand Opening Celebration.

In 2016, we celebrate 15 years of service, a tripling of the system to 3 lines and 16-miles of track and over 49 MILLION riders over the life of the system.  A lot has changed since that opening day, we now serve the South Waterfront and the east side, serve 15,000 riders a day and operate 14 streetcars Monday through Saturday.  The next 15 years are sure to bring more growth and adventure.  We look forward to taking the trip with you!