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Portland Makes History: Tilikum Crossing and the MAX Orange Line Opening

September 11th, 2015

We still can’t believe it’s finally here! After a few years of planning and construction, not to mention the huge hype of what was to come, the MAX orange line opening is just around the corner and we seriously couldn’t be happier. Not only does this light rail route connect Portland to Milwaukie, it’s also the fifth TriMet MAX line, and it comes with bragging rights. The newest addition to our many bridges, Tilikum Crossing, was constructed as part of the light rail project and is the only bridge in the country designed to carry light rail trains, buses, streetcars, bicyclists, and pedestrians, sans private automobiles. They don’t call us “Bridgetown” for nothing!

The official grand opening of the MAX orange line is Saturday September 12, 2015 beginning at 11:00 AM, and includes a lively party all day long. Not only do we get free transit rides all day (no joke!), but there will also be various activities going on at all the new MAX orange line stations. You can expect music from some of your local favorites, traditional Native American activities, chow from great food carts, vendors with some free goodies, art installations with the artists present, and so much more we can’t even begin to tell you. For more information, including a station-by-station event schedule, visit catchtheorange.com

Article by Adriana Bordea


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