Monday, September 14, 2009

Portland Green Line MAX makes its debut

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Portland, Ore.'s TriMet MAX light rail system, considered by many the model of North American LRT operations, opened its new 8.3-mile GreenLine extension southeast to nearby Clackamas Saturday. The $575.7 million line also serves Portland State University. Regular revenue service began today.


Based on samples from electronic passenger counters, TriMet estimates about 25,000 riders sampled the free ride on the Green Line’s opening day during official festivities running between 11:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. As many as 40,000 trips were expected through the end of the service day, about 11:00 p.m.

Peter M. Rogoff, head of the  Federal Transit Administration, attended the opening ceremonies, and said, “This project embodies the core elements of the president's agenda for the nation.” He added, “It's going to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It's going to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. And it will make an already livable city even more enjoyable."

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