Stop 22

Stop 22: Grand & Hoyt

Metro’s office is here, on the right. The regional governmental agency coordinates activities of multiple counties. It is the only directly elected metropolitan planning organization in the United States. Metro is governed by a council president elected region-wide, currently Tom Hughes, and six councilors who are elected by district.

The Loop Project cost about $148.27 million, with $75 million provided by the Federal Government, $15.50 million from a local improvement district, $27.68 from the Portland Development Commission, $3.62 million from regional funds, $6.11 million from SDC/other City funds and $.36 million from stimulus funds. Some $20 million is from State lottery funds which will pay for the streetcars manufactured locally by United Streetcar a subsidiary from Oregon Iron Works.

The Portland Streetcar is owned by the city, with most of the planning and development led by the city’s Office of Transportation, in coordination with Metro and TriMet.

The Portland Streetcar Loop project advisory committee meets on the third Wednesday of each month. Meetings are posted on the Portland streetcar site.

Metro’s Research Center provides state-of-the-art mapping, spatial analysis, regional economic analysis, and demographic information. MetroMap shows map-based information about a location of your choice. View parcel and tax assessment information, zoning, political boundaries, planning information, flood plain and special districts. Portlandmaps.com is an information service by The City of Portland.

Metro chipped in $3.62 million for the Streetcar. Critics say the Streetcar is not a good investment.

Portland is struggling to remain a leader in public transit, notes a think piece in Governing magazine. With reduced revenue and federal funding, combined with unsustainable employee costs, it is making it difficult for Portland to stay on top of this game, according to the article.

Streetcar supporters say they play a vital role in the city’s development. Portland Mayor Sam Adams argues that it would be foolish to give up on it, given the federal money available (half the streetcar extension was funded by the feds), the billions in redevelopment it’s prompted (which even critics acknowledge) and the support it’s given to the modern streetcar industry. United Streetcar, based in suburban Portland, is taking orders from transit agencies across the country.

“The critics here have to confront the reality — the positive reality — that transit has had,” Adams says.

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