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 Pre-workshop Technical Tour

A Multimodal Tour of the Rose City

Optional Pre-workshop Technical Tour
Sunday, August 14th

The American Public Transportation Association has scheduled its annual Multimodal Operations Planning Workshop in Seattle on Monday, August 15 through Wednesday, August 17, 2011.  In keeping with over a decade of tradition, a multimodal technical tour of Portland is being offered before the workshop on Sunday, August 14.

About the Tour

Portland has become as synonymous with “livability” based in part on the unsurpassed high standard the City sets for integrating transit with the communities it serves.

The Multimodal Tour of the Rose City offers a unique opportunity for transport professionals to experience from a passenger's perspective the diverse conbination of bus, streetcar, light rail and commuter rail and aerial tram services operated by the Tri-County Metropolitan Transit District (Tri-Met), Portland Streetcar, Inc., and Portland Aerial Tram in partnership with the City of Portland and Portland Western Railroad.

Along the way, we will be met by representatives of each of the operating agencies to answer questions and share valuable "lessons learned" of how such a harmonios blending of urban form and function was achieved as well as maintained on a daily basis. Behind-the-scenes shop tours are planned for the Portland Streetcar, Portland Aerial Tram, and the Westside Express Service commuter rail.

En route to Seattle, we will also experience the Amtrak Cascade service on Train #508 operating Talgo tilt-trains in a partnership with the Oregon and Washington State Departments of Transportation. View the flyer for a full itinerary.

How to Participate

There are two ways to participate in the Multimodal Tour:

  •  Full-Day Option: Book travel to fly into Portland on Saturday, then return from Seattle after the Workshop. You must purchase  your own ticket on Amtrak Train #508 from Portland to Seattle on Sunday ($52 as of press time, discounts available). Information regarding overnight lodgings in Portland and arrangements for luggage will be provided when you reserve your place on the tour (see below).
  • Half-Day / Seattle Day-Trip Option: Come down from Seattle on Amtrak Train #501 ($31 as of press time, discounts available). Arrangements will be made to connect with the Full-Day group on the Portland Streetcar after the train arrives at 11:00 am.

There is never a charge for the Multimodal Tours other than Amtrak fares and meals on your own. Tri-Met, Portland Streetcar Inc., and the Portland Aerial Tram have all graciously offered to waive fares for this technical tour as a professional courtesy.

Reserve now! Participation is limited to 40 people (family members are welcome; Workshop registration is not required), so contact Parsons Brinckerhoff's Tom Hickey at HICKEY@PBWORLD.COM or at 267-283-7533 to reserve your place of for further details.

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