1. One little tidbit we picked up in Portland is streetcar sponsorships. The Embark buses obviously already sell print advertisements and bus wraps on the outside, which brings in revenue, but the Portland Streetcar went a step further: the "voice" that announces stops inside the vehicle would add, "The Portland Streetcar: Brought to you by (insert company name here)." I'm sure a local company would love to pay to get that exposure, maybe even enough to help close the funding gap that's keeping Embark from providing evening and Sunday service on all routes. Just a thought.
|The MAX pulling up to Pioneer Courthouse Square|
Another great feature of Portland pedestrian crossings: the "walk" signal stays on - not blinking, but steady - for a LONG time. There's none of this getting the "walk" signal for 5 seconds (not even enough time to cross the road in most places), then blinking "don't walk" for 10 seconds. Again, this is another subtle difference that makes a pedestrian feel welcome and protected.
|Walking across the Burnside Bridge - note the car lanes, sidewalks, AND bike lanes.|
|Sunset view from the streetcar - yet another way to get around in Portland.|
|Part of the Riverfront Bike Trail|
|View from the Riverfront Bike Trail|
|Finished hiking? Just catch a bus back home!|
|Finished hiking? You also have the option of taking the MAX light rail.|
|The Washington Park underground MAX light rail station at the end of our hike through Forest Park.|