Portland's Light Rail: A Successful Public Private Partnership

by G. B. Arrington, Jr., Tri-Met, Strategic and Long Range Planning, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering and Business: Converting Engineers to Businessmen


During its first year, Tri-Met's Light Rail service, MAX, carried twice as many riders as originally projected. What is generally not understood is that MAX is more then a transportation investment. MAX is part of a conscious strategy to shape regional growth by coordinating transportation investments with land use policies. Portland's challenge is to continue the MAX success story. More MAX lines can help shape destiny and carry Portland's healthy economy and unique quality of life into the 21st century. This paper discusses community and economic growth, land use/transit relationship, local government, private sector, and other aspects of the subject.

Subject Headings: Public private partnership | Rail transportation | Light rail transit | Private sector | Land use | Investments | Economic factors | Urban and regional development | Oregon | United States

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