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o f-way along the north side of the latter, between the freeway lanes and the Union Pacific track. The gradual zigs and zags of the freeway are followed to about 1 7th Ave., where the tracks climb back up to street level. From 1 3th Ave. to the river, the line uses cement-paved, reserved track along the north side of Holladay St., which is now a one-way street westbound. Construction of the light rail line is part of a larger project which included widen ing of the Banfield Freeway. Since the free way-widening work fel l several months behind schedule, the freeway segment was one of the last to receive track (the only segment remaining without track is the Steel Bridge span). The widening work was finally completed during the summer of ' 85, and tracklaying on the adjacent right of -way could at last begin. This went very fast, with most of the four-and-a-half miles of track laid during September and Octo ber, and ready for testing by the end of November. The freeway track was used by an LRV for the first time on December 9, 1 98 5, when the Unimog pushed car 107 all the way to Holladay St. and 1 1 th Ave. and towed it back both ways via the westbound track. The eastbound track has not been tested yet. Three days later, nonpowered track test ing reached yet another milestone when car 1 07 was pushed for the second time along the freeway to Holladay St. but then on to

Coliseum Station, .just short of the Steel Bridge. On Holladay, both the eastbound and the westbound tracks were tested for the first time, plus the spare track at Coliseum, the nearby crossover, and the crossover between 9th and 1 1 th Avenues. Construction of the Holladay St. trackage had been finished months earlier in the summer of'85 (having begun in November 1 983), but the delay in construction of the freeway trackage made it inaccessible to testing until this time. The freeway stretch remains unwired at the time of writing, but most of the traction poles are in place. Holladay St., however, has been wired since late August, except over the cross overs, and at the areas requiring special work. I've run out of space to continue this month, but next time I'll take up where I left off covering progress in the city center , (where the trackwork is all but finished) and of the Steel Bridge, providing more details on the light rail cars (22 of which have arrived already), describing the types of stations along the line, reporting on the status of the proposed vintage streetcar service, and trying to cover anything else I may have forgotten or not had room for this time. To close, I am pleased to report that Portland's light rail project remains under budget and on schedule for a Sep tember 1, 1 986, service start-up.

M UNI
By Don Jewell
W hile a financial cloud hangs over the future of Muni's annual Historic Trolley Festival, the City's Public Utilities Com mission (which runs the Muni) has ap proved a plan for the permanent rebuilding of the center transit lanes on Market St . With the success of the new four-lane trol ley coach operation on Market, the PUC on November 26 announced a $33 million improvement program. This includes the complete renewal o f the streetcar tracks from Fremont St. to Van Ness Ave . for an everyday year-round historic streetcar line. Also included is the extension of tracks f or four city blocks down Market St. to Steuart St. near the Ferry Building, for a connec tion with the proposed E-Embarcadero line. The plan contains provisions for rebuilding the tracks beyond Van Ness Ave. to Church St. to tie in with the J-Church line, but final alignment of the track on this section, as well as boarding island locations, are the subject of addi tional study. On the downtown portion of the route, new and larger loading islands are included to handle both streetcar and trolley coach passengers. An innovative track alignment will be used to provide the larger islands within the same double-track width by staggering the inbound and out bound islands and gently curving the tracks around them. The new all-year his toric carline will be called the F-Market St. as was the Summer Festival line. The PUC has passed this project on to the City's Board of Supervisors for their approval, with hopes that the federal government will come up with about 75% of the total cost.
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T he Muni has solved its current operat ing financial crisis by raising fares effective January 1, 1 986. Adult fares went from 60 cents to 75 cents, and cable car fares went to $ 1 . 50. Muni's monthly Fast Pass actu ally dropped one dollar to $23. These new fares should provide a balanced budget for at least the next two years.
A P ermanent "Historic" Fleet

C omm itment to Excellence
3 8 MARCH 1 986

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I n historic trolley news, Muni K Type 1 78 and Blackpool "Boat" 226 were re turned to the Western Railway Museum at Rio Vista in late October. Also, the single truck Vera Cruz 00 1 was loaded on a flatcar at the SP Bayshore Yard and left San Fran cisco for home on November 6. The other

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