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New Rockwood MAX station opens Friday, May 27

May 24, 2011

New station features safer pedestrian access, adjacent platforms, CCTV cameras, new shelters and furnishings

 

A new Rockwood MAX station is set to open at the start of service on Friday, May 27. The station is part of the Rockwood in Motion revitalization effort underway in that community. Construction of the new station began in May 2010 and includes:

  • Platforms located across from each other, rather than split across E 188th Avenue
  • Safer pedestrian crossings
  • Closed circuit security cameras (CCTV)
  • New shelters, ticket vending machines, furnishings and public art
  • Improved safety with additional lighting and open sightlines at station
  • TransitTracker real time arrival information displays
  • Updated signal improvements

The Rockwood in Motion revitalization project included upgrading the 25-year old MAX station, as well as road improvements that will help set the stage for new investment in the Rockwood Triangle. This included some reconstruction and realignment of Burnside Street.

Project funding

The project was funded by a $3 million grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation's Connect Oregon II program, $2.15 million from the Gresham Redevelopment Commission and $160,000 from TriMet.

Rockwood in Motion

With plans for redevelopment and revitalization for the entire Rockwood area, a signature art piece was created to serve as a gateway to the Rockwood community. "Rockwood Sunrise" was selected by Gresham's Art Advisory Committee and is inspired by the site's history of hosting the Multnomah County Fair and its large amusement rides, as well as the bold colors of cultures represented in Rockwood and the universal symbolism of the sunrise. The art was created by Seattle artist Dan Corson, nationally recognized for creating dynamic, large-scale public artworks that often utilize light and new technologies.

Demolition begins May 31

The original eastbound platform and the temporary westbound platform built during construction of the new Rockwood Station will be demolished beginning Tuesday, May 31, with work continuing through the end of June.