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Portland is a PR machine for light rail & streetcar

Here are Some Facts About Portland Oregon          

“It must always be remembered how cost-effectiveness works in the public sector: the cost IS the benefit.” - author unknown

East Side Light Rail Time & Budget

Table created from data in :

STUDY SAYS MAX CALCULATIONS WERE WRONG , The Oregonian December 29, 1989

Pickrell Report mentioned in the Oregonian article  (with OCR text)

Trimet’s claim:

“The 15-mile Eastside MAX line opened in 1986, stretching east from downtown Portland to Gresham. The project was completed on time and under budget. “ (bold added)

Above is from Trimet's FactSheet

1978  Forecast

1990 Actual





54% under ridership projection

cost of MAX

$172 million

$266 million

55% over construction budget

operating costs for MAX

$3.8 million

$5.8 million

53% over  operating budget

opening date



3 years late