NS Line

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NS Line
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A northbound streetcar on Northwest Northrup Street
Overview
Other name(s)Central City Streetcar
StatusOperational
Owner City of Portland
Locale Portland, Oregon, U.S.
Termini
  • Northwest 23rd & Marshall (north)
  • Southwest Lowell & Bond (south)
Stations39
Service
Type Streetcar
System Portland Streetcar
Operator(s)
  • Portland Streetcar, Inc.
  • TriMet (operators and maintenance) [1]
Daily ridership8,751 (as of September 2018) [2]
History
OpenedJuly 20, 2001
Technical
Line length4.1 mi (6.6 km) [lower-alpha 1]
Character At-grade, mixed between street running and exclusive lane
Track gauge 4 ft 8+12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Electrification Overhead line,  750 V DC
Route diagram

Contents

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NW 23rd & Marshall
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NW 22nd & Northrup/Lovejoy
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NW 21st & Northrup/Lovejoy
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NW 18th & Northrup/Lovejoy
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NW 11th/10th & Glisan
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The North South Line (NS Line) is a streetcar service of the Portland Streetcar system in Portland, Oregon, United States. Operated by Portland Streetcar, Inc. and TriMet, it travels approximately 4.1 miles (6.6 km) per direction from Northwest 23rd & Marshall to Southwest Lowell & Bond and serves 39 stations. The line connects Portland's Northwest District, Pearl District, downtown, Portland State University (PSU), and South Waterfront. It runs every day of the week between 15 and 18 hours per day and operates on headways of 15 to 20 minutes.

The restoration of streetcar service, which last operated in Portland in 1950, began with the efforts of a citizen advisory committee in 1990. After nearly a decade of planning, construction of the Central City Streetcar project began in 1999. With the opening of its first 2.4-mile (3.9 km) segment on July 20, 2001, it became the inaugural line of the Portland Streetcar system and the first second-generation streetcar service in the United States with its use of modern vehicles. [6] The line has since been extended to RiverPlace and the South Waterfront. Having previously had no distinct route name, it was designated the North South Line in September 2012, when the system opened its second service, the Central Loop Line, which was later re-branded as the A and B Loop.

History

Early planning

Planning for the restoration of streetcar services in downtown Portland, which had ceased operating in 1950, [7] [8] was considered as early as the 1970s, when businessman and philanthropist Bill Naito led an effort to convince downtown property owners to help build a vintage trolley line. [9] In response to recommendations to develop a streetcar network by Portland's 1988 Central City Plan, a citizen-led advisory committee was established in 1990 that would convince the city to the conduct a feasibility study. [10] [11] Early plans envisioned three lines, with the first running up from John's Landing near the South Waterfront through downtown Portland to Northwest 23rd Avenue in the Northwest District. [11] This proposed line, initially referred to as "Central City Trolley", was predicted to run replicas of cars that once served Council Crest. [12] Project supporters and planners later renamed it the "Central City Streetcar", after opting instead to employ modern, low-floor trams in the hopes that it would be seen as a transit system rather than a tourist attraction. [13]

Several alternative routes were considered in downtown, including the Portland Transit Mall on 5th and 6th avenues, as well as Park and 9th avenues. Both routes were rejected by nearby neighborhood associations. [14] In January 1994, the Portland City Council adopted a route between Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center on Northwest 23rd Avenue and PSU via 10th and 11th avenues, [15] and the following year, called for bids to design, build, and operate the service. The nonprofit Portland Streetcar, Inc., which consisted of leaders from the city's businesses and public institutions, was the only firm to respond to the bid request. [13]

Funding and construction

One of the five streetcars that opened the line in 2001, seen westbound on Northwest Northrup Street in 2019 Ptld Streetcar NS Line - Skoda car 003 at NW Northrup & 20th (2019).jpg
One of the five streetcars that opened the line in 2001, seen westbound on Northwest Northrup Street in 2019

The city council authorized the streetcar project in July 1997. [16] The cost of the project amounted to $56.9 million (equivalent to $81.1 million in 2020 dollars), [17] with the city covering the largest share. City parking bonds provided most of the city's contribution at $28.6 million. [17] In September 1998, the city council created a local improvement district to collect funding from properties situated within two blocks of the streetcar alignment, [18] providing $9.6 million. [17] The Portland Development Commission redistributed $7.5 million in tax increment funds from the South Park Blocks urban renewal area that had been earmarked for TriMet's cancelled South/North Corridor project; [17] [19] this was used to extend the streetcar route through the PSU campus to Southwest 5th Avenue. [20] Only $5 million came from the Federal Transit Administration for construction, reallocated from TriMet to the city in exchange for a system giving TriMet buses transit signal priority. [17] [18] Procurement and installation of tracks and wiring and the construction of a maintenance barn beneath the Fremont Bridge were estimated at $28.2 million and $4 million, respectively. [21] In 1999, Czech manufacturer Škoda was selected to provide the line's first five streetcars, valued at $12 million. [20] The streetcar order was expanded to seven in 2001 to provide enough cars for a planned extension of the line from PSU to RiverPlace. [22] [6]

Construction of the Central City Streetcar began on April 5, 1999, marked by a groundbreaking ceremony. [23] Crews from Stacy and Witbeck started utilities relocation work along Northwest Lovejoy Street that same day; relocation work on 10th and 11th avenues followed in June. [23] [24] Track-laying occurred one week after the start of roadway demolition and progressed southward through downtown. [23] [25] Workers reached the PSU campus in June 2000 by the time university officials resolved the alignment of the tracks, placing the northbound segment diagonally though the newly built Urban Plaza and the southbound segment through the northern end of the campus. [26] [27] The 7,800-square-foot (720 m2) maintenance barn that would house the streetcars was 90 percent complete by August. [28] Line testing commenced in January 2001 using one of two replica-vintage trolleys that would be transferred from TriMet's Portland Vintage Trolley for planned weekend use on the streetcar line. [29] [30] [31] The project's completion, initially targeted for February, was pushed back to May due to delays in pole and power line installation. [22] The delivery of the first streetcar, which had been expected in late February, was also delayed by the acquisition of a line-of-credit deal, established as a form of insurance in the event the cars did not work out. [22] [32] The first car finally arrived in April. [33]

Opening and later extensions

Car 009 next to Moody Avenue in 2007, before this single-track section was replaced by double-track in a realigned section of that street Inekon car 009 in former ballasted single-track section next to old Moody Ave alignment in 2007.jpg
Car 009 next to Moody Avenue in 2007, before this single-track section was replaced by double-track in a realigned section of that street

The first 2.4 miles (3.9 km) of the Central City Streetcar, later renamed to "Portland Streetcar", opened on July 20, 2001, from Northwest 23rd Avenue to PSU. [34] The line was notably the first "second-generation streetcar" system in the United States and Portland's first new streetcar service in fifty years. [35] [36] [37] Opening day celebrations were held at various points along the line, and free rides were offered for three days. [34] Four streetcars initially operated on weekdays, while three streetcars and one vintage trolley ran on weekends. The Portland Streetcar had recorded 6,000 to 8,000 daily riders by September 2001, exceeding 1996 projections of between 2,700 and 4,700 riders per day. [38]

In 2004, construction began on a 0.6-mile (0.97 km) extension south from PSU to RiverPlace. [39] [40] It cost $16 million and opened on March 11, 2005. [17] [41] It included a short length of two-way, single-track operation, about 100 yards (91 m) in length along Southwest Montgomery and 4th, equipped with signals for the streetcars to ensure that only one direction was in use at any given time. [42] This segment also includes the steepest grade on the system, 8.75% in the block of Southwest Harrison Street between 1st and 2nd avenues. [43] Another extension of 0.6 miles (0.97 km) south to the lower terminus of the Portland Aerial Tram on Southwest Gibbs Street in the South Waterfront opened on a temporary ballasted track on October 20, 2006. [44] [45] It was initially a bidirectional single track, operating on a right-of-way acquired from the Willamette Shore Trolley, a heritage streetcar that continues to operate between Portland and Lake Oswego.[ citation needed ] On August 17, 2007, an extension of the line south of Gibbs Street to Southwest Lowell and Bond opened to better serve the South Waterfront district. [46] [47] This 0.46-mile (0.7 km) extension is a 10-block loop, from Southwest Moody and Gibbs proceeding south on Moody Avenue, east on Lowell Street and north on Bond Avenue to OHSU Plaza at Gibbs. [48] This final extension of the line cost $14.45 million. [17] The extensions collectively increased the one-way length of the line to 4.06 miles (6.53 km). [lower-alpha 1]

On November 3, 2011, the streetcar line began using new double-track on a realigned section of Moody Avenue, which was built as part of the $66 million Moody multimodal project. [49] [50] Two stops—OHSU Plaza and Southwest Moody & Gibbs—were built directly adjacent to the entrance to the Portland Aerial Tram, linking the lower campus of Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) to its campus atop Marquam Hill. [51] These stations received a connection to the Lair Hill neighborhood that was otherwise cut off by Interstate 5 (I-5) with the opening of the Gibbs Street Pedestrian Bridge on July 14, 2012. [52] Until 2012, the north–south streetcar line had no route name, being referred to only as the Portland Streetcar line, because it was the only line in the system. However, with the opening of the system's second line on September 22, 2012, the original line was designated the North South Line (abbreviated as NS Line) to distinguish it from the newly built Central Loop line (CL Line), later renamed A and B Loop. [53] [54]

Service

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A streetcar in the South Waterfront in 2013

The NS Line runs for approximately 18 hours per day on weekdays, 16 hours on Saturdays, and 15 hours on Sundays. During weekdays, NS Line trains begin service at 5:45 am heading southbound from Northwest 23rd & Marshall station; the first northbound train departs Southwest Lowell & Bond station at around 6:27 am. Service begins later on weekends at approximately 7:24 am. End-to-end travel takes approximately 35 minutes. Headways run from as short as fifteen minutes between 10:00 am and 7:00 pm on weekdays and Saturdays to a maximum of 20 minutes for all other times. The final southbound train to run the full length of the line on weekdays departs from the northern end at 10:30 pm while the final northbound train departs the southern end at 11:15 pm. The last five trains on weekdays and Saturdays travel southbound from Northwest 23rd & Marshall and terminate at Northwest 18th & Lovejoy, with the last train arriving at 11:53 pm. On Sundays, service ceases earlier at 11:07 pm. [55]

The NS Line is the busiest streetcar route, averaging 8,751 riders on weekdays in September 2018, which is slightly higher than the 8,307 recorded for the same month in 2017. [2] The Portland Streetcar achieved a new system-wide record for average weekday ridership in April 2018, with the NS Line carrying 9,226 passengers. [56]

Route

The NS Line is approximately 4.1 miles (6.6 km) long. [57] :17 [lower-alpha 1] Its northern terminus is Northwest 23rd & Marshall station in the Northwest District, which is situated on a turning loop near the intersection of Northwest 23rd Avenue and Northwest Marshall Street. [58] Between Northwest 23rd and 10th avenues, the streetcar alignment follows an east–west direction and is split between Northwest Northrup and Lovejoy streets, where cars travel northbound and southbound, respectively. On Northwest 15th and 16th avenues, the line runs beneath Interstate 405 (I-405), passing the system's maintenance barn. [28] It turns south on Northwest 10th and 11th avenues in the Pearl District and is joined by cars serving the Loop Service. On this segment, trains travel northbound on 10th Avenue and southbound on 11th Avenue, passing The Armory and Powell's City of Books. [59] [60] The line enters Southwest Portland and upon traversing West Burnside Street. It crosses the Blue Line and Red Line tracks of MAX Light Rail on Southwest Morrison and Yamhill streets. Just north of the PSU campus, the southbound alignment turns east onto Southwest Market Street and south onto Southwest 5th Avenue, while the northbound segment turns east onto Southwest Mill Street and travels diagonally through PSU's Urban Plaza. [61] [62]

The NS Line includes a short section of bidirectional single-track, about 100 feet (30 m) long, on Southwest Montgomery Street just east of Southwest 5th Avenue before the line turns south onto Southwest 4th Avenue. The section along the latter street was also single-track originally, until being doubled in 2014. [63] [64] The line travels for one block along 4th before turning onto Southwest Harrison Street. The line enters RiverPlace via Southwest River Parkway where it turns south onto Southwest Moody Avenue, running beneath the I-5 and I-405 interchange. After passing the OHSU Robertson Life Sciences Building, it crosses the MAX Orange Line tracks, which are joined by the Loop Service alignment for the Tilikum Crossing. The NS Line continues southward, traveling under the Ross Island Bridge as its northbound tracks split eastward onto Southwest Bond Avenue between the lower terminal of the Portland Aerial Tram and the OHSU Center for Health & Healing. The tracks proceed southward and join at the Southwest Lowell Street turning loop, which is occupied by the line's southern terminus, Southwest Lowell & Bond station. [62] [65]

NS Line
A geographic map of the Portland Streetcar system:
  A Loop
  B Loop
  NS Line

Stations

Southwest 5th & Montgomery station Portland Streetcar with passenger in wheelchair boarding - 5th & Montgomery (2015).jpg
Southwest 5th & Montgomery station
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South Moody & Gibbs station

The NS Line serves 39 stations, of which 24 are shared with the Loop Service. [62] Each platform is equipped with a ticket vending machine, real-time display system, and line information signs. [66] All stations are accessible to users with limited mobility. [67] Connections to MAX Light Rail are available at five stops across the line and a connection to the Portland Aerial Tram, which links the South Waterfront and Marquam Hill campuses of OHSU, can be made at the Southwest Moody & Gibbs and OHSU Plaza stations. [61] [68]

In February 2016, four stations—Northwest 10th & Everett, Northwest 11th & Everett, Southwest 10th & Stark, and Southwest 1st & Harrison—were temporarily closed as part of a trial run to speed up travel times, particularly at stops that were prone to vehicular collisions. [69] The following month, Portland Streetcar made the closures permanent, having reduced travel time through downtown by two minutes. Some decommissioned platforms were later converted into Biketown stations. [70]

Key
IconPurpose
Terminus
List of NS Line stations
StationNeighborhoodConnections and notes [62]
NorthboundSouthbound
Northwest 23rd & Marshall† Northwest District Serves Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center
Northwest 22nd & NorthrupNorthwest 22nd & Lovejoy
Northwest 21st & NorthrupNorthwest 21st & Lovejoy
Northwest 18th & NorthrupNorthwest 18th & Lovejoy
Northwest 14th & NorthrupNorthwest 13th & Lovejoy Pearl District
Northwest 12th & Northrup
Northwest 10th & Northrup B
Northwest 10th & JohnsonNorthwest 11th & Johnson A   B
Northwest 10th & GlisanNorthwest 11th & Glisan
Northwest 10th & CouchNorthwest 11th & Couch A   B
Serves The Armory
Southwest 10th & AlderSouthwest 11th & Alder Downtown A   B
Central LibrarySouthwest 11th & Taylor A   B
TriMet icon.svg Library and Galleria stations: Blue, Red lines
Serves Central Library
Art MuseumSouthwest 11th & Jefferson A   B
Serves Portland Art Museum
Southwest 10th & ClaySouthwest 11th & Clay A   B
Southwest Park & MillSouthwest Park & Market A   B
Southwest 5th & Market B
Serves Portland State University
PSU Urban CenterSouthwest 5th & Montgomery A   B
TriMet icon.svg PSU Urban Center stations: Green, Orange, Yellow lines
Serves Portland State University
Southwest 3rd & Harrison A   B
Southwest Harrison Street A   B
South River Parkway & Moody A   B
South Moody & Meade South Waterfront A   B
TriMet icon.svg South Waterfront/South Moody station: Orange Line
Serves OHSU Robertson Life Sciences Building, Tilikum Crossing
OHSU PlazaSouth Moody & Gibbs BSicon AETRAM.svg Portland Aerial Tram
Serves OHSU Center for Health & Healing
South Bond & LaneSouth Moody & Gaines
South Lowell & Bond†

Former Vintage Trolley service

A replica-vintage trolley running along Portland Streetcar tracks in 2001 Vintage Trolley passing Powell's Books, 7-29-2001.jpg
A replica-vintage trolley running along Portland Streetcar tracks in 2001

From 2001 to 2005, Portland Vintage Trolley service operated on the NS Line on most weekends. Of four replica 1904 Brill streetcars owned by TriMet and in use on the MAX Light Rail system between 1991 and 2014, two were transferred to the city for use on the Portland Streetcar line. The service operated on Saturdays and Sundays, using one car at a time, from approximately 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, on regularly scheduled trips that otherwise would be operated by a modern Škoda car. They were non-wheelchair accessible. [6]

Vintage Trolley service on the Portland Streetcar was temporarily suspended near the end of November 2005, [71] in part due to maintenance problems with the two cars, and because the opening of the extension from PSU to RiverPlace in March 2005 caused operations difficulties with the faux-vintage trolley cars. The Vintage Trolley service, which resumed in May 2005 after a five-month suspension for repair work on the two cars, continued to end at PSU, not serving the section to RiverPlace. [72] The late-2005 suspension eventually became permanent; the two Vintage Trolley cars were transferred back to TriMet, which transferred them over to the Willamette Shore Trolley in 2013. [73] [74]

Note

  1. 1 2 3 Although several sources provide more precise figures for the length of each extension of the NS Line, which add up to 4.06 miles (6.53 km), Portland Streetcar, Inc., TriMet, Metro, and others give a rounded total for its one-way length at 4 miles. [3] [4] [5]

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Downtown Portland, Oregon</span> Neighborhood in Portland, Oregon, United States

Downtown Portland is the city center of Portland, Oregon, United States. It is on the west bank of the Willamette River in the northeastern corner of the southwest section of the city and where most of the city's high-rise buildings are found.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Siemens S700 and S70</span> Light rail transit vehicle

The Siemens S70, its successor the S700 and European variant, the Avanto, are a series of low-floor light-rail vehicles (LRV) and streetcars manufactured by Siemens Mobility, a division of German conglomerate Siemens AG.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">MAX Green Line</span> Light rail line in Portland, Oregon

The MAX Green Line is a light rail service in Portland, Oregon, United States, operated by TriMet as part of the MAX Light Rail system. It is 15 miles (24.1 km) long and serves 30 stations from the PSU South stations to Clackamas Town Center Transit Center; it connects Portland State University (PSU), Portland City Center, Northeast Portland, Southeast Portland, and Clackamas. The Green Line is the only service that shares parts of its route with the four other MAX services, sharing the Portland Transit Mall with the Orange and Yellow lines and the Banfield segment of the Eastside MAX with the Blue and Red lines. Southbound from Gateway/Northeast 99th Avenue Transit Center, it operates the Interstate 205 (I-205) segment through to Clackamas Town Center. Service runs for approximately 2112 hours daily with a headway of 15 minutes during most of the day. It is the third-busiest line in the system, carrying an average of 19,160 riders per day on weekdays in September 2019.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">MAX Orange Line</span> Light rail line in Portland, Oregon

The MAX Orange Line is a light rail service in Portland, Oregon, United States, operated by TriMet as part of the MAX Light Rail system. It connects Portland City Center, Portland State University (PSU), Southeast Portland, Milwaukie, and Oak Grove. The line serves 17 stations from Union Station/Northwest 5th & Glisan to Southeast Park Avenue and runs for 2012 hours daily with a minimum headway of 15 minutes during most of the day. It averaged 3,480 daily weekday riders in September 2020.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Portland Vintage Trolley</span>

The Portland Vintage Trolley was a heritage streetcar service in Portland, Oregon, United States, that operated from 1991 to 2014. It operated on a portion of the MAX light rail system, and for a brief time also operated on the Portland Streetcar system, in downtown and nearby areas. Service was provided with replicas of a type of Brill streetcar, nicknamed the "Council Crest" cars, which last served Portland in 1950. The service was managed by Vintage Trolley Inc., a non-profit corporation, and the cars were owned and operated by TriMet, Portland's transit agency. For 18 of its 23 years, the service followed a 2.3-mile (3.7 km) section of what is now the MAX Blue Line, between Lloyd Center and the west end of downtown. In September 2009, the route was changed to a 1.5-mile (2.4 km) section of the MAX system, along the transit mall in downtown Portland, from Union Station to Portland State University (PSU).

Rail transportation is an important element of the transportation network in the U.S. state of Oregon. Rail transportation has existed in Oregon in some form since 1855, and the state was a pioneer in development of electric railway systems. While the automobile has displaced many uses of rail in the state, rail remains a key means of moving passengers and freight, both within the state and to points beyond its borders.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">PSU Urban Center stations</span> Light rail stations in Portland, Oregon

The PSU Urban Center stations are light rail stations on the MAX Green, Orange and Yellow Lines in downtown Portland, Oregon, United States, located adjacent to the PSU Urban Center, of Portland State University. The northbound platform is the PSU Urban Center/Southwest 6th & Montgomery station, and the southbound platform is the PSU Urban Center/Southwest 5th & Mill station. The stations opened on August 30, 2009, and for the next three years they were temporarily the southern passenger terminus of the Portland Transit Mall MAX extension, awaiting construction of the PSU South stations. The latter opened on September 2, 2012, and the change made PSU Urban Center the second stop northbound and the next-to-last stop southbound on the Portland Mall MAX lines.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Loop Trolley</span> Streetcar service in St Louis, Missouri

The Loop Trolley is a 2.2-mile (3.5 km), 10-station heritage streetcar line in and near the Delmar Loop area of greater St. Louis, Missouri. It opened for service in 2018, then shut down in 2019 after revenue fell far short of projections. Service resumed in 2022 under the Metro Transit division of the Bi-State Development agency.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">A and B Loop</span> Streetcar circle route in Portland, Oregon, U.S.

The A and B Loop is a streetcar circle route of the Portland Streetcar system in Portland, Oregon, United States. Operated by Portland Streetcar, Inc. and TriMet, it consists of two services within the Central City that travel a loop between the east and west sides of the Willamette River by crossing the Broadway Bridge in the north and Tilikum Crossing in the south: the 6.1-mile (9.8 km) A Loop, which runs clockwise, and the 6.6-mile (10.6 km) B Loop, which runs counterclockwise. The services connect Portland's downtown, Pearl District, Lloyd District, Central Eastside, and South Waterfront, and serve various landmarks and institutions, including the Rose Quarter, the Oregon Convention Center, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), and Portland State University (PSU). Riders can transfer to the regional MAX Light Rail system at several points along the route.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">South Waterfront/South Moody station</span> Light rail and bus station in Portland, Oregon, U.S.

South Waterfront/South Moody, formerly South Waterfront/Southwest Moody, is a combined light rail and bus station located at 698 Southwest Porter Street in the South Waterfront neighborhood of Portland, Oregon, at the west end of the Tilikum Crossing bridge. It is serviced by the MAX Orange Line and TriMet buses. Portland Streetcar travels through it but does not service it.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">TriMet rolling stock</span>

The TriMet transit system, serving the Portland metropolitan area in Oregon, owns and operates two different rail transit systems: a light rail system known as MAX and a commuter rail system known as WES. The fleet of 145 MAX light rail vehicles (LRVs) includes five different models, designated by TriMet as "Type 1" through "Type 5", all of which are used on all of the MAX lines. "Type 6" cars are on order and are due to replace the Type 1 cars in 2023–2024. The comparatively very small WES fleet includes three different types of commuter rail cars.

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