Letter: Light rail = reliable transportation



My husband and I drove into Portland at 6 p.m. on a recent Friday evening.

Northbound traffic was literally at a standstill. And guess what? Included in the stopped traffic were “Salmon Creek Express” and “99th Street P&R” buses. Hundreds, maybe thousands, of vehicles were sitting there, spewing fumes into the air, going nowhere.

We all know that objects expand to fill the space available; adding extra lanes to a new bridge will simply allow more cars to sit and idle their engines.

Meanwhile, to the right of us, a light-rail MAX train was steadily cruising into the Expo Center area. No muss, no fuss, just consistently reliable transportation.

If you’re one of those who say “Oh, I never go into Portland,” take pity on those who do, occasionally or every day, and rethink your stand on this critical issue.

Carole Palmer