The countdown begins – literally!


In one year, the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project opens; watch the countdown clock!

One year from today, the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project opens for service. Track the days to opening by linking to the countdown clock.

Before the MAX Orange Line opens on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, there’s still a year’s worth of work to complete. Some of the construction highlights include:

Aerial view of the future MAX Orange Line along SE 17th Ave and TriMet's Operations Headquarters

Aerial view of the future MAX Orange Line along SE 17th Ave and TriMet’s Operations Headquarters

  • Finishing installation of the light rail track along the 7.3-mile line  
  • Installing the remaining overhead electrical wires that will eventually power the trains
  • Completing installation of lighting and handrails on the Tilikum Crossing
  • Installing the final public art elements along the entire alignment
  • Building out bicycle and pedestrian improvements along the project

In addition to the construction work, project engineers and TriMet safety and operations staff will complete the clearance test for the southern end of the project. The clearance test on the northern section of the line was completed on August 25th; view the test from a riders’ perspective. Other key milestones include:

  • Testing 18 new MAX vehicles, known as Type 5s;
  • Training more than 1,500 MAX, bus and Portland Streetcar operators on how to operate in shared transitways, such as the Tilikum Crossing;
  • Completing safety certification of the alignment and kick off the safety outreach campaign for students who attend the seven schools near the alignment;
  • And finally, the public will get a sneak peek of the new Tilikum Crossing on Sun., Aug. 9, 2015 when the Providence Bridge Pedal will feature the new bridge in its 20th anniversary event, followed by a public event TriMet will host later that day.

Set your clock: the new MAX Orange Line opens at 11 a.m. on Sat., September 12, 2015.

About the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project
The 7.3-mile project is the region’s sixth MAX construction project and will improve transit in this corridor that 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 transit bridge 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, City of Portland, Portland Development Commission, Clackamas County, Metro, City of Milwaukie, Multnomah County, City of Oregon City, Oregon Department of Transportation and TriMet.