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TriMet to begin preliminary engineering on new light-rail line


The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) recently gave the Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet) the green light to begin preliminary engineering for the Portland-to-Milwaukie light-rail project.

The agency now will secure project construction management staff, start the design phase for the Willamette River transit bridge and develop a utility relocation plan. The FTA will continue to evaluate the project through the preliminary engineering phase before granting approval to enter final design.

The 7.3-mile, 10-station MAX line will run between Portland State University in downtown Portland and Oak Grove in north Clackamas County.

TriMet expects to complete a Final Environmental Impact Statement in 2010, begin construction in 2011 and open the line in 2015. The project will be funded through federal, state and local dollars.

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