The Portland Streetcar recently put out the following infographic showcasing some of its recent successes and ridership stats. Some particular stats to note:
- 1/3 of riders use the Streetcar to get to work
- 32% of Portland's jobs are on the Streetcar line
- 38% of riders do not own a car
- The Streetcar serves a very broad age range
This is an excellent example of a rail line making a positive economic impact in a city. Of course, it's a PR piece so take it with a grain of salt. But having ridden the line before, and knowing many who use it regularly, I believe it's impact. Given that other cities have tried similar projects with far less meaningful results, it bears sharing. I hope other cities (like my own city of Milwaukee) are able to follow this lead.