I took a trip out to the west side this weekend and noticed that this track segment shown in these images is gone. These tracks where used for the first DMU demo, for getting the light rail vehicles onto the west side from what I understand, and generally have been used for storage and such. Now I know, there isn’t much economic use for them, except now I wonder how TriMet will get the LRVs onto the MAX network now?
Maybe I’m wrong about this whole situation and they don’t use these tracks, but last I talked to someone about this spur they did. So if they don’t use this spur, what do they use? How do they do this? I really want to know.
Speaking of which, this brings me to another topic. What is the shipping policy on these vehicles? After seeing the streetcars arrive by 18-wheeler I was disturbed at the excess cost and ridiculous use of the mode. It wasn’t like a hurricane rescue where… OH WAIT! Norfolk Southern actually ended up delivering THOUSANDS of trailers to the hurricane area after Katrina. So really, what is the excuse to use one of the most polluting, expensive, illogical modes of freight to get the streetcars to Portland?
Fortunately the DMUs for WES where delivered here, shocker, by freight rail carrier! The MAX LRVs though, I though, where delivered by freight rail too, but if they’re delivered by heavy weight 18-wheeler I am going to honestly be disgusted. TriMet, Portland Streetcar, City of Portland, Metro, and these entities need to be responsible, and be held responsible by the people when they do things like this. We need a solid, powerful, and active watch dog group to nail these entities when they do dumb things like this.
So back to the line in question. Was it really worth tearing up this line? What purpose does tearing it up have? It shouldn’t have taken but a measly half mil to keep in service or something. Now, the line is probably permanently gone. If the area ever need ROW for anything, a road or otherwise, its out of the question. I’m not a fan of decimating ROW like this as it has come back to bite us time and time again. Hopefully there are some answers hiding somewhere out there.
A right of way a trail does not make.