Nearly 9,500 submissions received to help TriMet name the light rail bridge now under construction


TriMet has received nearly 9,500 submissions during the initial six weeks of public input to help name the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Bridge. This marked the first time in the region’s history that the public has had the opportunity to suggest names for the new transit bridge over the Willamette River.

TriMet’s Bridge Naming Committee, headed by historian Chet Orloff, will now research and consider submitted names, as well as committee member suggestions, and then narrow the possibilities down to a selection of names that will be announced on January 16. A second public input phase on the list of finalist names will take place between Jan. 16 and March 1. After considering the public input, the committee will forward its top recommendations to TriMet’s General Manager. A final name will be announced in spring 2014. The bridge, as well as the entire Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project will open on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015.

Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Bridge
The bridge will be the first cable-stayed bridge for the region, extending 1,720 feet (.326 miles) over the Willamette River. The bridge alignment is SW Porter Street on the west side and SE Sherman Street on the east side. This unique bridge will carry transit, cyclists and pedestrians but no private vehicles. Emergency vehicles will be able to access the bridge if necessary.

The bridge naming outreach effort has been sponsored by the Pamplin Media Group.

About the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project
The 7.3-mile 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
  • 10 stations
  • The first of its kind multi-modal bridge over the Willamette River that will carry light rail, buses, bikes, pedestrians and a future Portland Streetcar extension, but no private vehicles.
  • Opens Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015
  • Expands the MAX system to 60 miles and 97 stations  

Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit 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.