Exciting news! Or bad news, if you hate streetcars! Today the first rails went in for the Eastside extension of the Portland Streetcar. The rails are being welded together in a staging area up the hill on Lloyd Boulevard, and installed on NE Grand Ave. The stretch directly in front of Metro headquarters is already in place.

Northbound tracks at NE Lloyd & Grand
  • Northbound tracks at NE Lloyd & Grand

A worker who "doesn't usually talk to the press" told me they'll be putting in rails on Grand from Lloyd to Oregon Street, and then on MLK Boulevard, North of the Morrison Bridge. Once those two streets are done, they'll begin work on the Broadway Bridge to connect the system to downtown.

Workin on the Railroad
  • Workin' on the Railroad