Portland Streetcar is in the process of updating our maps and on-board signage. We've developed a short survey for riders to help guide us in making the new maps and signs the clearest and most informative they can be.
The next time you watch an episode of The Simpsons, created by native Oregonian Matt Groening, be sure to take a Streetcar ride through NW Portland’s Alphabet District immediately after and examine the street signs – look familiar? They should, as Groening named some of his famous characters after the district’s street names, including Flanders, Lovejoy and Quimby.
This piece of local trivia and dozens more are included in Portland Streetcar’s new app “Portland By Streetcar,” which provides Streetcar riders with an interactive tour of various landmarks, historical sites and points of interest located within a three-block radius of Streetcar’s three lines (A Loop, B Loop and NS Line).
The app features an interactive map containing photos and audio recordings of more than 80 attractions around the Streetcar lines. The app is also “location aware,” which means that as a user rides on Streetcar with the app open, their screen will update on its own to show all relevant attractions around them, with a simple touch of the screen providing more detailed information.
“In addition to providing an affordable and readily available transit option for the city, the Portland Streetcar lines have the potential to attract significant tourist interest,” said Portland Streetcar Executive Director Dan Bower. “Because of the lines’ proximity to popular areas, ‘Portland By Streetcar’ will support major public attractions along the lines and provide Portlanders old and new with illuminating facts about their city.”
"This grant will help us continue to set an example for the nation in reducing carbon emissions as we grow our economy and address the housing crisis," Portland Transportation Commissioner Chloe Eudaly said. "As we expand public transit and grow the Central City, we will reduce traffic congestion and provide more opportunities for Portlanders to walk, roll, and bike through our public-transit oriented community."
With the grant, Portland Streetcar, Inc. will work with the Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability to study potential zoning changes, traffic impacts and development opportunities in the corridor—including an eventual east-side connection to Hollywood. The project is expected to extend from the existing streetcar line and run north along Northwest 18th and 19th Avenues, and then west on York and Wilson Streets, past the recently-sold ESCO property and terminating at Montgomery Park.
“This grant award is an acknowledgement that continued investment in Portland Streetcar will allow us to continue to grow while reducing carbon emissions and helping people get where they need to go,” said Chris Warner, Interim Director of PBOT.
The grant was submitted by regional government Metro, which oversees land use and transportation planning in the three-county Portland area. The project includes 2.3 miles of new rail and an east-side connection across the Broadway Bridge to a new turn-back at the Oregon Convention Center, which would provide double the existing service through the Rose Quarter and Lloyd.