PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Two new streetcars with more seating, extra room and better signage will be added to the fleet of Portland Streetcars after the City Council OK’d the purchase.
Adding these 2 streetcars in 2020 will allow more frequent service, officials said in a release. The streetcars are made by Pennsylvania-based Brookville Equipment Company and were in part paid for by $700,000 in contributions from Go Lloyd, the Central Eastside Industrial and Northwest Portland parking meter revenue.
City Commissioner Dan Saltzman said he is glad to see the Portland Streetcar — the first modern streetcar system in the US — “continue to add capacity and improve service as the need for transportation options in the Central City grows.”
In a statement, Portland Streetcar Executive Director Dan Bower noted they’ve added service to the North/South lines and consolidated services in the past few years. “The addition of these two new cars from Brookville will help us take that next step and further reduce the time Portlanders are waiting to board the streetcar.”
Officials said the Portland Streetcar serves 15,000 riders each day but ridership is expected to grow to 20,000 each day by 2025.