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.
Charlie Hales may not have been the father of the Portland Streetcar, but he was certainly the mid-wife.
Secretary LaHood called Portland the “Capital of Transportation, Capital of Sustainability, Capital of Streetcars!