New Streetcar Vehicles Officially Premiere on Monday

They’re getting their own press event. Details from PDOT:


(Portland, OR) Three new streetcars have arrived in Portland from the Czech Republic. Join Commissioner Sam Adams on Monday, January 22, at 1:15 pm to see the first of three cars commence testing in preparation for revenue operations by mid-February. “These new cars are needed to support the expanded service to South Waterfront,” said Commissioner Adams.

What: See the three new streetcars that have arrived from the Czech Republic
When: Monday, January 22, 1:15 PM
Where: Streetcar maintenance facility 1516 NW Northrup (under I-405 between Northrup and Marshall)
Who: City of Portland Transportation Commissioner Sam Adams
Portland Streetcar now has a fleet of 10 trains and will be operating 7 trains at once over 12 hours a day 6 days per week, and operating 6 trains on Sunday for 8 hours when operations open to SW Lowell in late summer 2007.

The three new cars were manufactured by Inekon in Ostrava, Czech Republic. The new cars have two new colors, with new color combinations of apple green/golden yellow, apple green/blue, and golden yellow/orange. It is expected that the public will see these three new cars testing on the Streetcar route. The cars were transported cross country by truck and delivered to the Streetcar maintenance facility at 1516 NW Northrup Street.

Streetcar currently operates a continuous 7.2-mile loop, 3.6-miles in each direction from the Northwest District, through the Pearl district, 10th and 11th avenues, PSU, RiverPlace, and South Waterfront District and serves a total of 42 platform stops. A further extension into the South Waterfront District is slated for late summer 2007.

Visit the Portland Streetcar website for more detailed information, including construction updates.

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