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Portland, OR has substantial experience with tram and light-rail. I don't think that their projects have involved a conversion from an existing rail system, but the orginal light-rail system (MAX) was laid in RR right-of-way, if I remember correctly, alongside the 'Banfield Expressway'. (Interestingly, the 'usual' tendency at the time of construction would have been to widen the expressway.)

The good news for your project is that the Portland City folks are generally very forthcoming and communicative.

paul spencer

by paul spencer (spencerinthegorge AT yahoo DOT com) on Tue Jan 6th, 2009 at 01:08:39 PM EST

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