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1990 photo album vision

From the ATU/TRI-MET 20th Anniversary Photo Album, April 1990

It is June 2007, seventeen years since Tri-Met was first named Amercia\'s Best

Large Transit System. A sparkling, sunny morning greets the traditional thousands

of spectators flooding into downtown Portland for the 100th Rose Festival Grand

Floral Parade. It\'s one of the busiest days of the year for Tri-Met\'s 84 MAX

rail stations.

The Centennial Rose Festival has attracted more visitors than ever from Pacific

Rim neighbors. Japanese, Korean and Chinese visitors have taken MAX from Portland

International Airport to their various hotels downtown, in the Sunrise Corridor

or west to Hillsboro. The Zoo station is always a popular stop for tourists.

After the parade, they\'ll take the vintage trolley that circles the Willamette

River, stopping at OMSI, the Aquarium and the Historic Union Station Railroad


The regional rail and bus service is efficient and has helped established

Portland as a major convention city and a gateway to the rest of Oregon\'s tourist

attractions. The number of jobs in the region has increased 35% since 1990,

but its famous quality of life is still intact. Clean air and open roadways

have not been sacrificed to growth and industrial expansion.

The central city has maintained its vitality and human scale. Electric trolley

buses serve the busiest inner-city lines, moving quickly and quietly through

traditional neighborhoods.

MAX\'s Westside Line carries workers to jobs in the Silicon Forest and suburban

professionals to downtown offices.

Small buses circle through suburban neighborhoods, bringing passengers to

transit stations that offer quick connections by rail or bus to a variety of

destinations. Elderly residents still ride Tri-Met for half fare. In rural areas,

residents call the LIFT door-to-door service that picks them up within a half


Such is the vision portrayed by just a few of the many development plans now

being put forth by business groups and local governments in the metropolitan

region. It\'s a vision of a future in which we can continue to grow and prosper

without sacrificing the qualities we value the most. Much of its success relies

on our transit system.

Our realization of this vision depends on our will and our ability to forge

the kinds of partnerships that will accomplish common objectives for community

development and to maintain and improve on the high standards for which The

American Public Transit Association first named Tri-Met America\'s Best Public

Transit System back in 1989.

It is said that we, as a society, can afford what we want to afford. Examples

abound of creative partnerships to achieve goals. If history is any indication,

the future may be as bright as that portrayed by the various visions being put

forth today.

By Jason McHuff,