Red, White and Blue Streetcar

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I attended my second ‘first ride’ in two days as Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood visited Portland for the first passenger trip on the first made-in-USA Streetcar in 60 years. Our congressional delegation effused over job creation, sustainability and mom and apple pie in front of the vehicle built by Oregon Iron Works.

A full photo roll after the jump.

The vehicle is expected to enter revenue service on Portland’s streets in early July.

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Ready for the Secretary

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Under Wraps

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Lots of Flag Waving

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Congressman DeFazio welcomes Secretary LaHood

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Charlie Hales may not have been the father of the Portland Streetcar, but he was certainly the mid-wife.

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4/5ths of Oregon’s Congressional Delegation

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Secretary LaHood called Portland the “Capital of Transportation, Capital of Sustainability, Capital of Streetcars!

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A new sponsor

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The big reveal!

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It was not lost on Congressman Blumenaur that today’s event was surrounded by bikes.

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