This post originally appeared on Orphan Road.

Martin says that Portland MAX is not teh awesome!

It’s a fair point. The MAX was build more like a streetcar downtown, which is problematic for longer distances. On the other hand, Seattle’s LINK will have some of the same problems. Only the New York City Subway, with its local and express lines, really avoids this (separating longer-haul commuter rail from the subway helps, too) That was some might fine foresight, those NYCers had.