As the Streetcar Loop moves into final engineering TriMet has assigned colors for the system map for our soon-to-be-two-line system. The current alignment from South Waterfront to NW 23rd will be the Amber Line, while the new Loop route (which won’t really be a loop until 2015 or so) will be the Aqua Line. I am told the general ‘family’ for streetcar colors is from precious stone colors (then why don’t we have a Diamond line?).
If someone comments that bus riders are discriminated against and under-served because their lines don’t get colors, I’m going go throw myself under a rail car.
Meanwhile, weekday ridership on the existing line (everybody practice now: the Amber line) was 12,600 during the summer ridership counts. That’s up about 25% from the year before. Saturday ridership was 11,700, Sunday 7,300, both also records.