I am woman. Hear me roar for sustainable transportation.
She’s a woman. She’s VP at an iron plant. She’s instrumental in the production of the first U.S.-made streetcars in nearly a century.
She’s kinda cool, don’t you think?
Chandra Brown is a vice president at Oregon Iron Works and president of the company’s subsidiary United Streetcar, which was formed in 2005 and is currently the only modern streetcar manufacturer in the country. Winning bids over well-established European companies, United Streetcar has supplied streetcars for city transit systems in its native Portland, Oreg., and in Tucson, Ariz.
In addition to environmentalism, United Streetcar seeks to appeal to our sense of patriotism. Its shiny new cars are decked out with a star-spangled-banner motif and digital marquees that read “Made in the U.S.A.” And I should think that the company’s initials (“U.S.”) are not a coincidence.
Want to know more about her and her streetcars? Check out these videos:
- Industry members announce American-made streetcars.
- Streetcar riders tell why they ride.
- Transportation experts talk about new interest in urban centers.
- Officials discuss pros and cons of cars, buses, and streetcars.
Ever ridden a streetcar? Ever ridden a streetcar in the United States? What’d you think?