MAX and bus on the Tilikum Crossing

Portland-Milwaukie Transit Project

Opened on September 12, 2015, the Portland-Milwaukie light rail transit line travels 7.3 miles between PSU, inner Southeast Portland, Milwaukie and Oak Grove in north Clackamas County.

MAX Orange Line
Milwaukie/City Center

  • Opened: Sept 12, 2015
  • Length: 7.3 miles
  • Stations: 10
  • Construction: May 2011–Sept. 2015
  • Cost: $1.49 billion
MAX Orange Line opening MAX Orange Line opening


  • 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
  • TriMet’s 6th light rail project, bringing the region’s total light rail system to 60 miles
  • Tilikum Crossing, Bridge of the People: The first of its kind multi-modal bridge in the U.S. carries light rail and streetcar trains, buses, bicyclists and pedestrians, but no private vehicles
  • Fifty percent federally funded. State, regional and local contributions constitute the remaining 50 percent
  • Projected to increase work commutes from the Portland-Milwaukie corridor to downtown Portland by 20 percent


Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Project: How a new 7.3-mile light rail line is critical to building transit capacity to support expected population and job growth in the Portland-Milwaukie corridor. PDF