USA: The Portland and Lake Oswego city councils have voted to move ahead with a $458m streetcar route linking the two communities, which includes a junction with Portland’s existing streetcar network on the South Waterfront.

Once initial approvals are received from Multnomah County, Clackamas County, the regional Metro Council and transit authority TriMet, preliminary engineering would begin and the funding could be finalised; a 60% federal share is envisaged. Current plans call for this process to begin in 2013. If Portland and Lake Oswego give final approval, civil works could start in 2015.