This summer has been full of celebrations.  Starting with our 15th Anniversary on July 20, the Streetcar Mobile Music Fest on July 23rd, the Art Contest and Open House on August 4th and now, on August 17, 2016 we have another thing to celebrate.  Since first opening in 2001, over 50,000,000 rides have been taken on Portland Streetcar!  We are so grateful to all of our riders and are looking forward to celebrating many more milestones to come!

Shown here is Dan Bower, Portland Streetcar Executive Director, with three of those 50 million Portland Streetcar riders!

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Do you love public transportation?  Ever wanted to have a say in what happens with Portland Streetcar?  Well now is your chance.  The Portland Streetcar Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) is recruiting new members to complete the 17 member committee.  The CAC has existed in one form or another since 1992 and has helped to shape the Portland Streetcar system.  Those interested are encouraged to read the bylaws of the CAC and then fill out an application form and submit it to info@portlandstreetcar.org.

From the start of service on Sunday, August 21 through the end of service on Saturday, September 3, our partner TriMet will have crews in the field making improvements to the tracks near the Rose Quarter to improve MAX reliability.  While temporarily disruptive, this work will allow for a more reliable system and a smoother ride through the area.  

With Portland Streetcar's direct connections to all 5 MAX lines and nearly 70% of our riders boarding with a TriMet fare, we wanted to make sure all of our riders were aware of the upcoming disruptions to the regional service.  This may also impact Portland Streetcar service as more people search for alternate ways to get around the Central City.  For more information on all of the MAX service impacts and how to navigate the disruption, visit TriMet's page on the project.

After nearly a week of voting on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as well as in person in our office, the votes have been tabulated and the winners of the "Inspired by Streetcar" Art Contest have been announced!  

Paint, Pen, Ink, & Other:  

1st Place goes to All Are Welcome by Chris Topper


2nd Place goes to Portland Streetcars by Lynne Leahy


Photography:  

1st Place goes to #pdxstreetcar #favseat by Kevin Cook


2nd Place goes to Loop A-round the Snow by Kelly Cari


Thank you to all who participated!  Thank you also to our prize sponsors Pro Photo Supply, Frame Central & Blick Art Materials.

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Join us on Sunday, August 14th at 10:30am for storytime on the NS LIne.  We will read Michelle Knudson's Library Lion.  The fun will continue with a tour and scavenger hunt at the Children's Library.  You can even get your first library card!  Each child will receive a goodie bag from Portland Streetcar and a copy of Library Lion, courtesy of Child's Play Toys.

Space is limited and reservations are required.  Reservation will include the above as well as a Streetcar fare for the parental unit.  Reservations can be made by calling (503) 222-4200 or emailing the Customer Service Office.


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