About the Project
The Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project will create a light rail alignment that travels 7.3 miles, connecting Portland State University in downtown Portland, inner Southeast Portland, Milwaukie and north Clackamas County.MAX service on the alignment is scheduled to begin in 2015. By 2030, this light rail line will carry up to an average of 22,765 to 25,500 weekday rides, and there will be approximately 22,000 households and 85,000 employees within walking distance of Portland-Milwaukie light rail stations.
Learn more about the project route and stations.
Growing PlacesExpanding transit options is essential to the livability and economic vitality of our growing region, which is expected to add one million new residents, and nearly 100,000 new jobs within the project corridor, by 2030. The Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project is a vital element in the region’s strategy to manage growth and build livable communities. This project is about more than bringing high-capacity transit to under-served communities—it is also about helping communities envision and achieve their aspirations. Combining infrastructure improvements, quality design features and new transit-oriented development along the alignment will connect neighborhoods, encourage walking and cycling, and create engaging public spaces where people want to be.
SecurityTriMet continually works to improve the security of the transit system by utilizing the latest advances in station design, technology and fare enforcement. This effort continues with the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project.
Each of the project's 10 MAX stations will have delineated fare zones requiring all persons within this zone to have a valid fare. This approach makes fare enforcement easier by extending fare requirements from the light rail trains to the station platforms. Signage and inlays in the platform pavement will indicate fare zone boundaries.
The design of the stations has also been reviewed with local law enforcement agencies and includes:
- Each station is being designed to maximize sightlines and visibility
- Closed circuit TV cameras (CCTV) will be installed at each of the MAX stations and the two Park & Ride facilities, and in the elevators located at the SE Bybee Blvd Station.
- TriMet is also launching a pilot project with a closed station at SE Bybee Boulevard. Access to the station platform will require a paid fare.
Learn more about security on TriMet
Promoting SustainabilityThe project not only provides environmental mitigation along the alignment, but also is actively working with partners to include sustainable elements and improve habitat.
Recycling and reusing building materials
Installing a fish-friendly culvert on Crystal Springs Creek
Removing derelict piling from the Willamette River
Enhancing riparian habitat on Kellogg Creek
August 19, 2011: TriMet submitted the application for the Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA) to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for consideration.Upon FFGA approval.
July 1, 2011: Construction began on the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Bridge over the Willamette River, the first bridge built over the river in Portland in over 40 years and a critical component of the project. Learn more about the light rail bridge.
March 29, 2011: The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) approved the project's entry into Final Design. This approval allows the project to be developed from its current 30 percent design to 100 percent design, with milestones at 60 and 90 percent design. The design reached 90 percent design in December 2011. The project reached 100 percent design and completed the Final Design phase in May 2012.
November 29, 2010: The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) issued a Record of Decision finding that the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) have been satisfied for the construction and operation of the project. Read the Record of Decision. (5.9 MB PDF)
October 22, 2010: The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) published the project Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS). View the FEIS at Metro's Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail page.
March 2010: The project completed its Preliminary Engineering phase, during which design of the total project was brought to 30 percent.
November 2008: The project Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS) was completed.
Summer 2008: A Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) alignment and station plan was chosen.
Planning and Design
Final DesignThe Federal Transit Administration (FTA) approved the project's entry into Final Design on March 29, 2011. This approval allows the project to be developed from 30 percent design achieved during the Preliminary Engineering phase to 100 percent design, with milestones at 60 and 90 percent design.
The design reached 60 percent design in June 2011, and 90 percent design in December 2011. The project is scheduled to reach 100 percent design, and complete the Final Design phase, in March 2012.
Final Environmental Impact StatementThe project's Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS):
- Identifies the light rail project’s preferred alternative and Final Section 4(f) Evaluation (which addresses a federal regulation protecting parks, historic resources and nature refuges)
- Describes the project’s commitments to mitigate adverse impacts
- Responds to all comments received on the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (May 2008)
South Corridor ProjectThe South Corridor Project—led by Metro in partnership with TriMet, the City of Portland, the City of Milwaukie and Clackamas County—has worked to identify transportation options for the fast-growing I-205 and Milwaukie/Oregon City corridors. When the study began in 1999, light rail was not an option under consideration. But neighborhoods along the alignment—from Southeast Portland to Milwaukie—requested that light rail be part of the study, and it was ultimately adopted as the preferred option..
Subsequently, the South Corridor Project has followed a two-phased approach. In September 2009, Phase 1 brought MAX Green Line service to the I-205 corridor between Clackamas Town Center and Gateway, where it then uses the existing MAX Blue and Red line tracks to travel to downtown Portland. Once the Green Line crosses the Steel Bridge, it follows new tracks along the Portland Mall to Portland State University. Portland-Milwaukie light rail constitutes Phase 2 of the South Corridor Project.