Tuesday, May 18, 2010

TriMet breaks ground on new MAX station

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TriMet, elected officials and project partners in the Portland, Ore., area broke ground on a new MAX station that has been in the works since 1997. The future Civic Drive Station will be the 85th along the entire 52-mile MAX system. The Civic Drive Station is located along the MAX Blue Line tracks at Civic Drive in Gresham.

TriMet and Metro committed to building the future station once there was enough development and density in the Gresham Civic Neighborhood to support it. The 130-acre site was formerly used by a mill.

"We are pleased to partner with Metro and the city of Gresham to turn this idea into reality, and provide high-quality transit service to this growing community and connections to the entire region," said TriMet General Manager Fred Hansen.

"Great communities start with a great vision. Our region, through its commitment to creating transit-oriented developments, continues to build on that vision," said Metro Councilor Rod Park. "By connecting transit with regional land use goals, we give residents a variety of choices on where they live and how they get around, as well as on where businesses can locate."

The station will cost $3 million, with funding provided from Metro and the Federal Transit Administration. The city of Gresham will contribute $600,000 for a future plaza adjacent to the MAX station that will also serve as a pedestrian connection between the station and future development.

Students from the Center for Advanced Learning worked with TriMet on pedestrian crossings, since the school is located across the street from the MAX station. The students helped develop recommendations for improving vehicle traffic and pedestrian activity that included installing a pedestrian crossing signal.

Civic Drive is located between the Ruby Junction/E 197th Ave and Gresham City Hall MAX stations. The station will have new pedestrian crossing enhancements, new shelters, new ticket vending machines, platform furnishings, security cameras and interactive public art.

The station is set to open this fall.

In addition to the construction at Civic Drive, there are transportation enhancements under way in the Rockwood triangle area funded through the state's Connect Oregon II program and the Gresham Redevelopment Commission. Construction is under way that moves both MAX platforms for the Rockwood/E 188th Ave Station to the west side of 188th Ave to improve safety and the experience for riders. The refurbished Rockwood MAX station is set to be complete by February 2011.

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