Portland Streetcar opens its newest line, the Central Loop, on Saturday morning with a ribbon cutting event at the Oregon Museum of Science & Industry. Streetcar service will be free all weekend, and there will be entertainment and festivities along the route at OMSI, the Oregon Convention Center and in the Pearl District.
The Central Loop runs Downtown and in the Pearl District and crosses the Willamette River on the Broadway Bridge. On the eastside, it services the Rose Quarter, Lloyd District and Central Eastside Industrial District. The Central Loop currently ends at OMSI, but plans call for it to cross the under-construction TriMet bridge in 2015, connecting to the existing line to the South Waterfront, closing the loop.
The grand opening and ribbon cutting celebration begins with speeches at 10 a.m. at OMSI. Media are advised to arrive early for set-up. Central Loop streetcar service begins at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday with a service pause during the event.
Portland Mayor Sam Adams will be joined by Rep. Earl Blumenauer, Rep. Suzanne Bonamici and dignitaries from the Federal Transit Administration, TriMet, Metro, Portland Streetcar Inc., Oregon Transportation Commission, OMSI and Portland State University.
The Oregon Museum of Science & Industry is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue. Parking will be available.
More information is available at www.portlandstreetcar.org.