Green and Environmentally Friendly

The all-electric streetcars help reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. The capacity of one streetcar vehicle is approximately 148 passengers. Riding the Sun Link reduces trips by single occupant vehicles, thus reducing congestion, pollution and the need for additional parking.

The streetcar system has inspired transit oriented development and encourages people to walk and ride to more of their favorite destinations, rather than driving. Additionally, each streetcar vehicle is bicycle friendly so people can bring their bikes as well.

The Sun Link Operations & Maintenance Facility is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certified building. LEED projects are certified by the United States Green Building Council and demonstrate leadership, innovation, environmental stewardship and social responsibility, and are designed to:

  • Lower operating costs and increase asset value
  • Reduce waste sent to landfills
  • Conserve energy and water
  • Be healthier and safer for occupants
  • Reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions

Additional Resources

Portland Streetcar: Development Oriented Transit