Portland is a PR machine for light rail & streetcar
Here are Some Facts About Portland Oregon
This report was prepared in response to many misleading and false statements about
Portland's public transit system that appeared in newspapers, magazines and Tri-Met
publications and on radio and TV programs during the past few years . Tri-Met is
the largest transit agency in Oregon. It provides a variety of taxpayer-subsidized
transportation services in Portland and its Tri-County suburbs . Tri-Met's Board
of Directors is appointed by Oregon's Governor, who is the elected official directly
responsible to the public for the transit agency's performance.
The purpose of this report is to provide business, government, community and media
leaders, and other interested persons, with more complete and more accurate information,
than that available from conventional sources, about both the ridership and the costs
of Tri-Met's fixed-route bus and light rail services. This information includes:
1.Tri-Met's base-fare and no-fare equivalent ridership and its annualized capital
and operating costs for each year since 1971.
2. The reason why transit has been losing market share to the automobile while taxpayer
subsidies for new light rail lines and expanded bus services have been Soaring.
3. The potential of privately-operated taxis, shuttles and jitneys and new communications
technologies to reduce taxpayer subsidies and increase transit ridership in urban,
suburban and rural areas throughout Oregon.
Unless otherwise indicated, all financial data in this report are provided in constant
1998 dollars . This eliminates the effects of inflation in comparing financial data
for different years and in identifying important trends.