Portland-to-Milwaukie rail line gets $85 million in federal fund - KPTV - FOX 12

Portland-to-Milwaukie rail line gets $85 million in federal funding

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Currently, MAX has the Blue Line (Hillsboro-Portland-Gresham), the Red Line (Airport-Portland-Beaverton), the Green Line (Clackamas-Portland-PSU) and the Yellow Line (Expo Center-Portland-PSU). Currently, MAX has the Blue Line (Hillsboro-Portland-Gresham), the Red Line (Airport-Portland-Beaverton), the Green Line (Clackamas-Portland-PSU) and the Yellow Line (Expo Center-Portland-PSU).

The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded Portland's regional mass transit agency $85 million to help complete the Portland to Milwaukie light rail line.

Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley of Oregon announced the funding Thursday afternoon.

Merkley says the line will give more people a chance to leave their cars at home, and that's good for them and a nation that's addicted to oil.

The 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.

Service on the Portland-Milwaukie light rail line is scheduled to begin in 2015.

RELATED: Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail project

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