Traffic alert during TriMet, first responders emergency drill this Sunday

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On Sunday, June 28 between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. TriMet and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) are alerting drivers in the OR 99E/Southeast McLoughlin Boulevard area near SE Lake Rd that traffic may slow as people see numerous emergency response vehicles and equipment in the area. During that time, TriMet and its partner agencies are conducting a full-scale emergency response drill in the area as part of safety certification for the new MAX Orange Line.

New MAX train along the Orange Line

New MAX train along the Orange Line that opens on Sept. 12.

Travelers in the area will see numerous first responder vehicles, equipment and staff participating in the drill between the Milwaukie/Main St Station and the Kellogg Creek light rail bridge over McLoughlin Boulevard, near SE Lake Rd in Milwaukie.

Police agencies, fire departments, medical services, TriMet, ODOT and other emergency responders will participate in the drill. Two other drills will take place in July and August.

The MAX Orange Line opens in 77 days on Saturday, Sept. 12. Visit Catch the Orange to see list of events leading up to the opening.

About the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project – MAX Orange Line

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.