Day 148


August 21st, 2010

Portland's light rail system


  1. Barb C. says:

    Growing up in Chicago I was use to the “L”. Boy did that thing creak and moan.

  2. Michelle says:

    Love rail travel in a GOOD train. Amtrak on this side the the USA stinks. But inner or inter city rail…I would love that!
    Peace, from Michelle in Providence

  3. Flavia says:

    what’s it like being in a city again Matt?

  4. Karen Too says:

    This sure puts the aging subway systems in NYC to shame.

  5. Jeff says:

    ahhhhhh standing to close young man. No time to split yourself up….you have a walk to complete. You have had many a chance for a train ride……back off…now……. zooooooooooooom

  6. Christopher says:

    My guess would be Matt and company took the MAX back to downtown for dinner at Huber’s from Roger’s house.

  7. Don in Tennessee says:

    The US is way behind in the use of light rail for transporation due to so much urban sprawl. The interstate system is great but it has taken away from the development of a rail syatem across our land. I guess the love of the automobile is the biggest factor. We do need to find an alternative for oil but we have been saying this since the early 70’s and it is worse now than it was then.

    • Candice in Alabama says:

      Don, I agree with that assessment. I remember in the 70’s when I turned 16 and first got my driver’s license, I couldn’t afford gas. We took a trip to South Florida to see the orange groves and you couldn’t buy gasoline on Sundays. You had to be careful to plan your trip around gas stations.

      It makes me so angry that it’s taken us ANOTHER 40 YEARS to maybe finally wake up and realize that this country is too dependent on OIL (no matter where in the world it’s produced). We need to find alternative energy sources and we need to make our existing infrastructure more “pedestrian” friendly.

      Oof! Jumping off the soapbox!

      • katzien in austin says:

        Speak the truth sister! Start with your neighborhood associations, work with your city councils, help them in their city planning processes, insist on bike and pedi friendly transporation plans, etc. Real change comes from the ground up.

  8. Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

    Wow that’s close!

  9. EDL in MN says:

    Hope you didn’t hop the train… Keep walking…
    I am sure it was tempting…

  10. When I was 7, my friend and I told my parents that we were going to play in our fort inthe backyard, we lived a block from the Max rail..somehow we managed to get tickets from the dispenser and got on the maxx and rode it all the way to downtown portland from Gresham ….As a parent and look back and think OMG that’s scary but I can also tell the story and laugh at it as one of my many great adventures in life!

  11. someone says:

    As we move forward, OLD is NEW again….

    Light rail is just a modern version of trolleys that used to roam the streets of the USA. Where a trolley was a single car about the size of a modern bus, today’s light rail are a smaller version of passenger trains.

  12. Simon says:

    …use mass transportation.

  13. katzien in austin says:

    Jeez! The movement and blurred lines/lights in this photo make you physically pull your head back. So dramatic!!

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