it's a bird ... it's a plane ... oh, it's a tram

They did it. After much controversy and a super steep price tag, my adopted home town now has a tram from nowhere to nowhere. That is, from the South Waterfront to Pill Hill and the hospital/OHSU. It's big enough news to make the New York Times this morning. Rarely does little old "Portland, Ore" make the national news.

I don't think I'd ever have a reason to ride the Tram, but if I'm honest if I lived there I'm sure I would have been there in the first few days to take a ride just because. I think the $57 million could have been better spent, and I wonder what it must be like to be driving north on Interstate 5 and have a 78 passenger tram travel overhead. Still, it is kind of cool in a crazy kind of way.


Anonymous said...

Now if they can build one of those to help me out with my 42 mile commute to work. It may not sound bad, but at rush-hour each way...it is one and a half hours each way. Sigh.

Anonymous said...

If you want to experience the Tram magic, you can always head to the East Side of Manhattan and take a ride to Roosevelt Island and back. I used to live on RI, and I can't say the Tram was ever that useful -- or reliable -- but it is certainly unique. I'll play tour guide if you ever want to check it out! :-)

Susan Rose Francois, CSJP said...

Thanks Mollie, but didn't people get stuck on that tram? ;-)

We should totally meet for coffee or lunch or something some day. Maybe I'll spring out of lockdown some time in the spring and we can meet in person??