About the Project

Project Overview

Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Project Overview

The Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project will create a light rail alignment that travels 7.3 miles, connecting Portland State University in downtown Portland, inner Southeast Portland, Milwaukie and north Clackamas County.

MAX service on the alignment is scheduled to begin in 2015. By 2030, this light rail line will carry up to an average of 22,765 weekday rides, and there will be approximately 22,000 households and 85,000 employees within walking distance of Portland-Milwaukie light rail stations.

Bike and Pedestrian Improvements

Transit ridership depends on safe and efficient access to station areas. The Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project worked with community members and advocates to maximize station access, and include many bicycle and pedestrian facility improvements and additions that make connecting to station areas easier.

Utilizing $65 million, the project is building:

  • approximately 10.3 miles of new or replaced sidewalks
  • approximately 7.8 miles of new or replaced bicycle facility improvements
  • 446 bike parking spaces, including two secure Bike & Rides

These maps show the many bicycle and pedestrian facilities built by the project and its partners. Here are the first four maps, with more for SE Portland, Milwaukie and Clackamas County to follow in the coming months.

Note that some of these improvements remain under construction and are not yet open for use.

Promoting Sustainability

The project not only provides environmental mitigation along the alignment, but also is actively working with partners to include sustainable elements and improve habitat.


TriMet continually works to improve the security of the transit system by utilizing the latest advances in station design, technology and fare enforcement. This effort continues with the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project.

Each of the project's 10 MAX stations will have delineated fare zones requiring all persons within this zone to have a valid fare. This approach makes fare enforcement easier by extending fare requirements from the light rail trains to the station platforms. Signage and inlays in the platform pavement will indicate fare zone boundaries.

The design of the stations has also been reviewed with local law enforcement agencies and includes:

  • Each station is being designed to maximize sightlines and visibility
  • Closed circuit TV cameras (CCTV) will be installed at each of the MAX stations and the two Park & Ride facilities, and in the elevators located at the SE Bybee Blvd Station.
  • TriMet is also launching a pilot project with a closed station at SE Bybee Boulevard. Access to the station platform will require a paid fare.

Beginning in 2014, the project Safety and Security Committee will recommend how the Transit Police Division will incorporate the new light rail extension in its daily patrols of the system. The Transit Police Division will patrol the new light rail extension when it opens in 2015.

Learn more about security on TriMet

Growing Places

Growing Places logoExpanding transit options is essential to the livability and economic vitality of our growing region, which is expected to add one million new residents, and nearly 100,000 new jobs within the project corridor, by 2030. The Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project is a vital element in the region’s strategy to manage growth and build livable communities. This project is about more than bringing high-capacity transit to under-served communities—it is also about helping communities envision and achieve their aspirations. Combining infrastructure improvements, quality design features and new transit-oriented development along the alignment will connect neighborhoods, encourage walking and cycling, and create engaging public spaces where people want to be.