This striking structure is part of Tillikum Crossing, the newest bridge across the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon. Opened to traffic in fall 2015, it’s reserved for use by MAX light rail Orange Line trains, Portland Streetcars, cyclists and pedestrians. It is the first bridge of this sort in the United States, according to TriMet.
The Montreal Transit Corp. (Société de transport de Montréal, or STM) recently began revenue service of its next-generation métro cars. Dubbed “Azur”, the STM’s MPM-10 rolling stock is being built by a Bombardier-Alstom consortium. The order is for 468 cars, assembled in nine-car train-sets.
As the newer-model trains are gradually delivered, they will replace vintage MR-63 rolling stock, in service since the Montreal métro opened in 1966.
I only got a brief glimpse of the new Azur train at the Mont-Royal métro station on my last trip to Montreal, on its second day of revenue service. Perhaps I’ll be lucky enough to ride one upon my next visit.