22 Feb Streetcars over the Willamette
I was recently contracted by the City of Portland to take a series of photos featuring Portland Streetcars moving across the Tilikum Crossing. This was a really unique experience as I had never before had the opportunity to walk across this unique span. It was a nice alternative to what I typically photograph in a day, which is real estate. Although real estate is my passion, I love being able to get out and photograph unique things that make Portland great! Here’s a little history about the Tilikum Crossing and the Portland Streetcar.
Tilikum Crossing, Otherwise known as The Bridge of the People is a cable-stayed bridge across the Willamette River. Designed by Trimet, for its MAX Orange Line light rail passenger trains. The bridge also serves city buses and the Portland Streetcar, as well as bicycles, pedestrians, and emergency vehicles. What makes this bridge unique is that it is a transit-only bridge. Private cars and trucks are not permitted on the bridge. It is the first major bridge in the U.S. that was designed to allow access to transit vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians but not cars.
The bridge took about 4 years to build, and was officially opened on September 12, 2015. In homage to Native American civilizations, the bridge was named after the local Chinook word for people. The Tilikum Crossing was the first new bridge to be opened across the Willamette River in the Portland metropolitan area since 1973.
The Portland Streetcar opened in 2001 and serves areas surrounding downtown Portland. The 3.9-mile (6.3 km) NS Line runs from Northwest Portland to the South Waterfront via Downtown and the Pearl District. The Loop Service, which opened in September 2012 as the Central Loop (CL Line), runs from Downtown to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry via the Pearl District, the Broadway Bridge across Willamette River, the Lloyd District, and the Central Eastside Industrial District and added 3.3 miles (5.3 km) of route. When the Tilikum Crossing was opened in September 2015 the line was renamed as the Loop Service, with the A Loop traveling clockwise, and the B Loop traveling counterclockwise across the brige. The two-route system serves some 20,000 daily riders.