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September 30, 2011

Trimet claimed: The 15-mile Eastside MAX line opened in 1986, stretching east from downtown Portland to Gresham. The project was completed on time and under budget. “


But the Oregonian reported on December 29, 1989:

The federal study, by Don H. Pickrell of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Transportation Systems Center at Cambridge, Mass., … showed that Portland had forecast 42,500 riders weekdays by 1990 but that at the time of the study the actual ridership was 19,700.

The study also said the forecast cost of MAX was $172 million but the actual cost was $266 million, with both figures based on the 1988 value of the dollar to allow for inflation.

Annual operating costs for MAX were projected at $3.8 million but were actually $5.8 million at the time of the study in 1988, with both figures expressed in 1988 dollars, the report said.

The study listed the forecast cost per rider as $1.68 and the actual cost as $5.19.

See here for link to the Oregonian article:

Link to the full federal study:

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