Testimony of John A. Charles, Jr.Regarding the Portland Streetcar System Concept PlanBefore the Portland City CouncilSeptember 9, 2009

The Portland Streetcar System Concept Plan would have been considered cutting-edge in 1909. Unfortunately for rail advocates, this is 2009, and the heyday of streetcars is long over.  The streetcar as a meaningful transport mode will never return to prominence no matter how much the Council tries to subsidize it, because it’s too slow, too expensive, and not flexible enough for people who typically have multiple places to go each day.

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