TriMet’s ‘A Better Red’ mission expected to kick off in the fall

Written by Bill Wilson, Editor-in-Chief
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Steel Bridge and MAX Yellow Line service will be disrupted for two nights each for maintenance.

Called “A Better Red,” Portland’s TriMet is getting ready to make better use out of plans to extend the Red Line that have been in the works for years.

Instead of lying on a table, those plans will be put to construction use as officials look to start the project, which will extend the route to Hillsboro, this fall. Red Line service will be added to 10 stations from Beaverton to Hillsboro that are currently only served by the Blue Line. The Red Line runs from Portland International Airport to the Beaverton Transit Center.

The Red Line extension project will include the addition of a second track to sections of the Red Line near the Gateway/Northeast 99th Avenue Transit Center in Portland and at the Portland International Airport.

The cost of the project is set at about $215 million, with federal funding covering $100 million.

Signal and switch work is expected to begin this fall, and the extended Red Line service will officially begin in 2024.

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