Portland's Union Station, a Reminder of the City's Past and Future, is the Theme of This Fridge Magnet
This acrylic souvenir fridge magnet shows a shot of the facade of a city icon: the Union Station transportation hub. Originally constructed in 1896, the building is one of the great stations of railroad's grandeur. Its central architectural element - a Romanesque clock tower - appears on the center of the magnet and for many decades have featured famous neon signs reading "Union Station" and "Go By Train" which have been restored and operate today as historic landmarks of the city. The building was renovated in the 1990s and features a grand central forecourt in the style of great railway stations like Grand Central in New York. Today, the station hosts not only the national passenger rail line, Amtrak, but also city buses, the MAX light rail system and intercity buses from Greyhound and Thruway Motorcoach.
Trains Are Just the Start: Portland Prides Itself on its Quality of Public Transportation
Portland, Oregon, is a city renown for its progressive politics and its love affair with alternative forms of transportation. For starters, the city has a well-rounded public transportation system which includes light rail (the "MAX"), streetcars, traditional urban buses and commuter rail to the suburbs. One of the newest additions is the city's Aerial Tram, where travelers pass over the roofs and treetops of the city in cable cars that connect the South Waterfront area to the Oregon Health and Science University. Outside of mass transport, the city has also innovated in other areas. It is one of the most bike-friendly cities in America, with the highest percentage (8%) of bike-commuters in the country. Unlike many cities that limit the usage of skateboards, Portland has dedicated skateboarding lanes and a series of skateparks throughout the city.