This past week, I attended training in Portland, Oregon. Instead of renting a car or taking a cab, I took the TRI-MET Rail system to travel back and forth. I have to say it's a wonderful transportation system!
Portland has a thriving downtown area, walkable neighborhoods, extensive bike paths and a comprehensive transit system.
On the way back from training to go to the airport, I had boarded at the Sunset Station and arrived at the Portland airport. On the way to the airport, there was standing room only by the time we reached the downtown area. Portland has a population of 583,776 according to the 2010 Census records. I can see how invaluable a rail system can be in a city with a population of that size! When you look at the history of the TRI-MET Rail system it's quite impressive.
They began their rail line in 1980 (the first MAX line) and in 2009 had expanded the rail to include the yellow, green, red and blue lines. All over a span of 29 years. For all those that live, and yes, travel to Portland, the TRI-MET system is a wonderful operational accomplishment! Thank you to all those that joined the vision to create it and make it a reality for all of us to enjoy!
If you would like to check it out, here is the link to the TRI MET Site: http://trimet.org/about/index.htm