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8/1/2001



Rail News: Passenger Rail

Seasonal change to bring Portland trains to planes


About the same time the leaves begin to change color in Portland, Ore., so will Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation of Oregon’s (Tri-Met) light rail maps.



Tri-Met plans Sept. 10 to open a five-mile extension to Portland International Airport (PDX) — at which time the new line would be dubbed the "Red Line," and the 33-mile east-west line extending from Gresham, Ore., to Hillboro, the "Blue Line."



Officials plan to run the Red Line at 15-minute headways, seven days a week. Low-floor trains would enable passengers to roll luggage on board, delivering people 150 feet from baggage claim.



Meanwhile, Tri-Met also is installing Transit Tracker real-time displays to inform riders when the next train is due to arrive. The displays would be located at PDX terminal and most Red Line MAX stations.



But with change comes cost. Beginning Sept. 1, cash and ticket fares would increase 5 cents; and monthly passes, $2. Tri-Met officials do, however, plan to extend Fareless Square to the Lloyd District, bringing to four the number of Fareless stations served.


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