TriMet’s Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project continues to create jobs

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Pouring concrete at the East Tower: The gray hose is delivering pumped concrete from a Ross Island Sand and Gravel truck. The crew is directing the concrete into the rebar frame to form the pier table at the East Tower. May 2013

Pouring concrete at the East Tower: The gray hose is delivering pumped concrete from a Ross Island Sand and Gravel truck. The crew is directing the concrete into the rebar frame to form the pier table at the East Tower. May 2013

The Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail (PMLR) Transit Project keeps generating jobs as construction continues on the regional rail project. Since March 2009 when the project entered Preliminary Engineering, a total of 6,272 direct, indirect and induced jobs have been generated by the project, according to the latest data.

“While we expand our regional transit system we continue to see growth and opportunity for local workers and local firms,” said TriMet Capital Projects Executive Director Dan Blocher. “TriMet is committed to strengthening our local economy through job creation and DBE [Disadvantaged Business Enterprise] contracting opportunities.”

As of early June, the region’s sixth light rail project has:

  • Created 3,217 direct jobs
    – Direct jobs are occupations that work directly on the light rail project, such as planners, designers, engineers and construction workers.
  • Created 3,055 indirect and induced jobs
    – Indirect jobs include positions at suppliers of materials for the project, such as steel, concrete, wood and more.
    – Induced jobs are those created by the spending of project salaries for items such as groceries, gas entertainment, etc.
  • Contracted with 415 firms
    – 334 based in Oregon (80 percent)
    – 54 based in Washington (13 percent)
    – Contracted with 111 DBE firms (26.7 percent of 415 total firms)

About the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project

This project is the region’s sixth MAX construction project to be built and extends from the terminus of the MAX Green and Yellow lines at Portland State University in Downtown Portland to South Waterfront, SE Portland, Milwaukie and North Clackamas County. About the project:

  • 7.3 miles
  • Rebar placed at Tillamook Structure, East Segment: A crew member carries rebar on top of the under construction Tillamook structure in north Milwaukie. Spring 2013

    Rebar placed at Tillamook Structure, East Segment: A crew member carries rebar on top of the under construction Tillamook structure in north Milwaukie. Spring 2013

    10 stations

  • The first of its kind multi-modal bridge will carry light rail, buses, bikes, pedestrians and a future Portland Streetcar extension over the Willamette River, but no private vehicles.
  • TriMet’s share of the $1.49 billion project is less than 5 percent.
  • Opens in September 2015
  • Expands the MAX system to 60 miles and 97 stations

Project partners

The Federal Transit Administration, State of Oregon, Clackamas County, Metro, City of Milwaukie, Multnomah County, City of Oregon City, Oregon Department of Transportation, City of Portland, Portland Development Commission and TriMet.