Heads up: New signals will be activated between SE and downtown Portland beginning in March

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Motorists, cyclists and pedestrians need to obey new signals as Quiet Zone and bus operator training begins as part of MAX Orange Line

Changes are coming to areas along the future MAX Orange Line and motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians need to heed new signals and watch for buses.

New Quiet Zone in SE Portland
Beginning Sunday, March 1, a new Quiet Zone will be in effect at three railroad crossings in SE Portland. The Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project, in partnership with the City of Portland and Union Pacific Railroad, made safety improvements to crossings at SE 8th, 11th and 12th avenues near Division Street that allow these crossings to be designated a Quiet Zone for both freight and light rail trains. These improvements include upgraded railroad crossings with new traffic signals, realigned intersections, concrete medians, additional crossing gates, pedestrian scale warning equipment and channelization.  In a Quiet Zone, freight and light rail operators are not required to blow their train horns as they approach a crossing, although they may sound their horn if there is an immediate safety concern or adjacent light rail construction activity. Railroad warning equipment at the intersections will continue to flash and ding while trains pass through a crossing.

A new Quiet Zone is in effect in SE Portland, where trains only sound their horns if there is an immediate safety issue.

A new Quiet Zone is in effect in SE Portland, where trains only sound their horns if there is an immediate safety issue.

Be safe to stay safe!

  • Obey all signals at crossings
  • Remain behind safety gate arms
  • Do not attempt to cross as the safety gate arms lower

For quiet zone maps and information visit http://trimet.org/pm/safety/index.htm#quiet

Buses traveling along MAX Orange Line into SE Portland
On Monday, March 2, TriMet bus operator training begins along the shared transitways and approaches to Tilikum Crossing, Bridge of the People. Segments of the MAX Orange Line were designed with a shared transitway, where buses share the right-of-way with trains. Motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians need to obey all signs and signals and be alert of buses traveling in the following areas:

  • SW Lincoln Street between 1st Avenue and Naito Parkway
  • Tilikum Crossing, Bridge of the People
  • Harbor Viaduct in South Waterfront
  • Crossing SW Moody Avenue, SE 2nd Place and SE Water, 7th, 8th, 9th and 11th avenues

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.