Ok, so you probably heard Lars talking about the tram today. He quoted spokesman for Sam Adams, Rob Barnard, several times. I just had to read it for myself:
Rob Barnard: This particular tram is a custom one-of-a-kind facility. The tram’s cabins are hand built: Each piece of their metal is hand formed by Swiss craftsmen who came out of retirement to build this cabin. The intermediate tower is designed as a sculptural icon. The upper station cantilevers twenty stories out of the ground and is resisting 160 million foot-pounds of force. A simpler, off the shelf tram would have been less costly.
Read the whole thing at Sam Adams blog. Land-use guru and all around great guy Steve Schopp gives Mr. Barnard a run for his money. You can also check out http://www.portlandtram.com/.