MAX test train travels over Tilikum Crossing


For the first time, TriMet operated an electrified MAX test train on the northern segment of the new Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project alignment, including Tilikum Crossing, Bridge of the People, on Wed., Jan. 21.

The first MAX train travels over the Tilikum Crossing.

The first MAX train travels over the Tilikum Crossing.

A powered Portland Streetcar train also traveled across the bridge during the systems test. 

Testing Phase
The successful test along the future MAX Orange Line verified the interface with the track, the overhead catenary system that supplies power to the vehicles and signals. The first test trains traveled at walking speed. See a time lapse video of the first MAX test train.

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 bridge in the U.S. will carry light rail and streetcar trains, buses, bicyclists and pedestrians, 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.