Apparently, We’re Going to Have Competition in the NW for Building Streetcars

Seattle is striking up a manufacturing partnership for its next streetcar line.

The partnership is with Inekon, the lead partner in the manufacturing of Portland’s first ten streetcars (partnered with Skoda for the first seven cars, then Dopravn√≠ Podnik Ostrava for the next three).

I was part of a delegation to the Czech Republic in 2005 to check on the progress of those last three. A secondary purpose of that trip was to firm up a partnership between Oregon Iron Works and Inekon. When that didn’t happen, OIW partnered with Skoda instead…

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