Tilikum Crossing, Bridge of the People, is Portland’s newest bridge. Opened in 2015, links the newer South Waterfront district to the energetic, urbane Central Eastside. When I asked why Tilikum Crossing is closed to motorists, TriMet’s project manager Dave Unsworth bristled slightly. “That’s a little bit arrogant, don’t you think?” he replied. “We already have 10 other bridges you can drive across.”
His perfectly Portland response highlights the pride the city feels building the nation’s first multimodal bridge to carry streetcars, light rail, buses, cyclists and pedestrians — but no private cars.