10,000+ jobs created by the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project

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$150+ million in contracts awarded to firms owned by women and communities of color

The Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project has reached a new jobs milestone by creating 10,298 jobs, and providing a record $153 million in contracts to Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) firms. The project is 76 percent complete, and since the beginning of preliminary engineering in March 2009, the project has:

Workers pour concrete on the western approach to the new bridge for the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project.

Workers pour concrete on the western approach to the new bridge for the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project.

  • Contracted with 507 firms, including 127 DBE firms
  • Created 5,108 direct jobs:
    3,847 on-site construction jobs
    1,261 professional and technical jobs
  • Created 5,190 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 jobs created by the spending of project salaries for items such as groceries, gas, entertainment, etc.

“This construction project is creating jobs and helping to support the regional economy,” said TriMet Capital Projects Executive Director Dan Blocher. “We’re expanding and improving our transit system, at the same time we’re contracting with an unprecedented number of DBE firms and purchasing materials from local suppliers.”

Learn more at trimet.org/pm/economicbenefits  

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 with 10 stations
  • The first of its kind multi-modal bridge 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  

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.