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TriMet unveils shiny new train in Gresham

18 new trains added by spring

Photo Credit: THE OUTLOOK: TROY WAYRYNEN - TriMet MAX train 521 stops at the Ruby Junction light rail facility in Gresham, Oregon for a media tour. The new Type 5 train, one of 18 purchased by TriMet, will be put into service next year as part of the MAX Orange Line from southeast Portland to Milwaukie.TriMet showed off its shiny new Type 5 MAX light rail train in Gresham earlier this week, one of 18 Type 5 trains that will run on the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project, or the future MAX Orange Line.

The new train rode into TriMet's Ruby Junction facility on Northwest Eleven Mile Avenue Wednesday, Oct. 22, and TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane was on hand along with Ron van Huuksloot, project manager for Siemens Corp., which built the train. The Type 5 train took about a year to design and a year to build, according to a statement from TriMet. The remaining 17 trains are scheduled to arrive by April of 2015.

The new trains will go into general service next summer, said TriMet spokeswoman Mary Fetsch, and will be also used on the new Orange Line when it opens Sept. 12, 2015. The new trains will also be used on the connecting Blue Line, which runs to Gresham.

The Orange Line, 7.3 miles long, is the region's sixth MAX construction project and will improve transit in the corridor that extends from the end of the MAX Green and Yellow lines at Portland State University in downtown Portland to the south waterfront, southeast Portland, Milwaukie and north Clackamas County. The new line will have 10 stations and expands the entire MAX system to 60 miles and 97 stations. The line will also include the “first of its kind multi-modal bridge” from southeast Portland across the Willamette River to the downtown waterfront. The bridge won't allow cars, but will carry light rail and streetcar trains, buses, bicycles and pedestrians.

Project partners for the new Orange Line and Type 5 trains include the state of Oregon, Federal Transit Administration, Clackamas and Multnomah counties, Metro regional government, city of Oregon City, Oregon Department of Transportation, city of Portland, Portland Development Commission and TriMet.

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