Here's where things stand with finding a way to move 5,000 people a day up to Marquam Hill from a station on Barbur Boulevard where light rail trains will stop if and when a Southwest MAX line becomes a reality.

An advisory panel of experts, which will recommend a method for moving all those people, is now leaning toward building an inclined elevator, which is also known as a funicular railway. Two subway-like cars, would alternately climb on tracks from a base on Barbur Boulevard at Gibbs Street next to the synagogue. The cars would stop at Terwilliger Boulevard and Campus Drive at the bottom of the last stretch of the hill to the hospitals and clinics.