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Rail News: Sustainability
TriMet installs wind turbines on light-rail poles
The Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet) will install 12 small wind turbines on top of poles on the Tilikum Crossing bridge next week to complete one of the final elements of the MAX light-rail Orange Line construction.
The $350,000 turbines will generate electricity to be stored in batteries that power lights at night, according to a TriMet press release. Once installed, tested and activated, Portland State University’s Mechanical Engineering School which will track performance of the turbines. Results from the pilot project may be used in future transit projects.
The poles hold up the overhead wire that powers TriMet’s MAX light-rail trains. While the installation will temporarily close pedestrian pathways on the crossing, the project won’t disrupt train, streetcar or bus services, TriMet officials said.
Installation will begin March 25 and take about one month to complete. Testing and activation will occur sometime in May.
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