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Five Portland Streetcar stations set for trial closure

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Five Portland Streetcar stations will close on a trial basis to evaluate whether consolidating stations will improve safety and service for riders.

When Portland Streetcar service began in 2001, stations were placed every two to three blocks. Streetcar staff reports that ridership has grown threefold since then.

Feedback from riders has centered on the need to increase speed, frequency and reliability.

The stations that will be closed on a trial basis are believed to contribute to the slowing of streetcars and traffic, as well as posing collision risks because they are placed on a slope, making it difficult for streetcars to start and stop.

Only stations located within two blocks of another station will be closed.

The five stations are: Northwest 10th and Everett, Northwest 11th and Everett, Southwest 10th and Stark and Southwest 1st and Harrison in both directions.

Streetcar staff will be evaluating the station closure impacts on speed, reliability and safety throughout the spring before determining the next steps.

Feedback can be sent to or by calling 503-222-4200.

Portland Streetcar serves 15,000 riders each day on the A/B Loops and the North/South (NS) Line. Ridership is expected to grow to 20,000 riders per day by 2025. 

On newer Portland Streetcar lines, stations are being placed every three to five blocks.

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