Express Streetcar

This has been completely under the radar in the recent discussions of the Burnside/Couch couplet, but one idea Sam Adams shared when he discussed the couplet with the Portland Streetcar, Inc. board of directors was the possibility of having an express option, so that there would be an option of a 15- or 20-minute trip from NW 24th to NE 12th competitive with auto trip times.

I assume this will get a deeper look during the preliminary engineering phase that was just approved.

Obviously this would require passing tracks at some stops and some different service planning. What would be the constraints and impacts of trying to do passing tracks and express service in the central city?

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