Portland Prototype

United Streetcar was awarded the contract to manufacture the City of Portland prototype streetcar – the first modern, Buy America compliant, rail vehicle manufactured in the U.S., by a U.S. company. The streetcar is over 70% U.S. content, with fabrication and assembly was done in Clackamas, Oregon.

On July 1st, 2009 our streetcar was unveiled by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood.

After the July 2009 unveiling, the Portland prototype streetcar has returned to our facility. United Streetcar was the recipient of an FTA Grant that will allow us to take our streetcar from approximately 70% U.S. content to approximately 90% U.S. content. We  accomplished this by replacing the foreign propulsion system with a new prototype propulsion system created by Rockwell Automation, headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The Prototype Car entered into Passenger Service on September 22, 2012.

Project Snapshot

Location Federal Funding Total Project Special Feature
Portland, OR $5.2 million - Over 90% US sourced content
Prototype streetcar in-service