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Old March 27th, 2015, 07:25 PM   #101
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This is a video I shot recently showing the MAX Light Rail tackling the small hills in downtown Portland.
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Old June 12th, 2015, 10:22 PM   #104
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Testing the rails: MAX Orange Line makes 1st Portland-Milwaukie trip
By KATU.com Staff | Published: May 15, 2015 at 9:33 AM PDT

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PORTLAND, Ore. – The newest MAX line connecting Portland and Milwaukie has its first ride on Friday, carrying Governor Kate Brown and other politicians down the Orange Line.

The light rail train departed at 10:30 a.m. from the first stop at Southwest Third and Lincoln Street.

The Orange Line, set to open to the public Sept 12, traces a 7.3-mile route through Southeast Portland to Milwaukie that crosses the Willamette on the recently-completed Tilikum Crossing bridge.
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Old June 12th, 2015, 10:33 PM   #105
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First Ride on the MAX Orange Line by TriMet, on Flickr


First Ride on the MAX Orange Line by TriMet, on Flickr


First Ride on the MAX Orange Line by TriMet, on Flickr


First Ride on the MAX Orange Line by TriMet, on Flickr


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Old June 13th, 2015, 03:31 AM   #106
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Type 4 (Siemens S70) (left) and Type 2 (Siemens SD660) (right) over Steel Bridge. The Type 2 carries the old livery which was changed in 2002 as seen on the newer train.


Steel Artery by SP8254 - On a Break!, on Flickr

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Type 3 is the same model as Type 2 only with the new paint scheme.


MAX Blue Line by Travis Estell, on Flickr

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Easy Rush by SP8254 - On a Break!, on Flickr
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We have a Portland public Transit thread...

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...and+light+rail
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Old June 13th, 2015, 03:42 AM   #108
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Tilikum Crossing


Tilikum Crossing Casting a New Light on the Willamette River • October 16, 2014 11:01:12PM by Victor von Salza, on Flickr


Connecting Communities by Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Project, on Flickr
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Old June 13th, 2015, 03:44 AM   #109
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We have a Portland public Transit thread...

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...and+light+rail
Sorry, but it really should have been in the subforum directory.
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YOU ASKED: HOW WILL THE MAX ORANGE LINE WORK IN DOWNTOWN PORTLAND?
JUNE 19, 2015 | BRIAN LUM



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We’re often asked what happens after Orange Line trains go over Tilikum Crossing and enter Downtown Portland: Do they turn around at PSU? Do they become Yellow or Green line trains? Will I have to transfer to get to the Transit Mall?

The Orange Line will share Green/Yellow line tracks once it reaches the PSU South/SW 6th & College Station in Downtown Portland. What’s more, the Orange and Yellow lines will share vehicles — this is called interlining. Throughout most of the day, Orange Line trains heading north will continue as Yellow Line trains along their normal route.

This means a one-seat ride from Milwaukie and Oak Grove into Downtown Portland and beyond, all the way up to Expo Center.
Source: http://howweroll.trimet.org/2015/06/...town-portland/
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Old June 20th, 2015, 06:27 AM   #111
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OUR OLDEST MAX TRAINS ARE GETTING MAKEOVERS
JUNE 19, 2015 | ANDREW LONGETEIG





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We launched our first MAX trains—what we call the Type 1—nearly 30 years ago in 1986. That same year, “Top Gun” graced the silver screen, Ronald Reagan lived in the White House and big hair was all the rage.

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New signs, windows, HVAC

Type 1 trains are the only ones in the MAX fleet where its destination signs are hand-cranked by the operator. As part of the rehab, all Type 1 trains will feature new digital signage.

We’re also upgrading the HVAC systems, along with the old vented windows, and replacing them with single-piece fixed windows. This will increase energy efficiency and give you a quieter ride and more open space.

Finally, we’re replacing the old propulsion/braking resistors that are mounted on the roof. The old ones are at the end of their useful life.

“The new resistors have a 20% higher capacity, so they’re stressed less, will be more reliable and last longer,” Grove says.
Source: http://howweroll.trimet.org/2015/06/...ing-makeovers/
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Old June 20th, 2015, 07:15 AM   #112
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Source: http://howweroll.trimet.org/2015/06/...town-portland/
Why would they bother making it into a separate line colour? It looks to me like it's basically just an extension of the yellow line.
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Old June 20th, 2015, 08:02 AM   #113
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Why would they bother making it into a separate line colour? It looks to me like it's basically just an extension of the yellow line.
I also think it's unnecessary. Here's their justification however:

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So why isn’t this a Yellow Line extension?

Separating the two lines gives us flexibility, allowing us to increase frequency on one line without affecting the other. (For example, projections of high ridership on the Orange Line mean that some of its trains will turn around at Union Station during rush hour to meet that demand.)

Looking down the road, any addition of light rail or high-capacity transit in the future — like the options Metro is studying for the Southwest Corridor — would have an effect on ridership patterns on the system. It’s possible that the difference between service frequency on the Orange and Yellow lines might become even more pronounced. As it is, we expect relatively few riders to travel between Milwaukie and North Portland; most are likely to head Downtown or transfer to east-west service.

Additionally, we think the Orange Line deserves its own recognition as a pioneering endeavor. Besides showcasing the first bridge of its kind in the U.S., the Orange Line features a host of sustainable elements like eco-roofs, eco-tracks and bioswales to capture stormwater runoff. And it serves a distinct corridor stretching from the region’s urban core to growing communities, setting it apart as our region’s newest light rail line.
Source: http://howweroll.trimet.org/2015/06/...town-portland/

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With this reasoning, the Blue Line can also be separated into two lines because no one from Hillsboro really travels all the way to Gresham.
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Tilikum Crossing lights up for last test (Photos & Video)
By Sam Caravana | The Oregonian/OregonLive | updated June 23, 2015 at 2:03 PM







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Portland got is final look at Tilikum Crossing lit up Monday night during the last test of the bridges aesthetic lighting system. Starting at 9:30 p.m. the bridge became a rainbow of colors as programmers tested the color spectrum of the structures 178 LED lights.

The rapid fluctuation of colors gave onlookers a unique show. "Soon when we turn this on for good, it will really be seasonal and more subtle changes," said Mary Fetsch, a spokeswoman for TriMet. The final test was done to ensure the lighting system was properly translating the data from the Willamette River.
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How the lighting system works

The lighting system will change colors according to data streamed from a U.S. Geological Service river monitor near the Morrison Bridge. The lighting effects will change based on the river’s speed, height and water temperature. Lighting programmer Morgan Barnard designed specialized software that reads the data from the river and translates it into the movement of color and light across the bridge.

The base colors will be determined by the water temperature. The speed of the river controls the pace at which the colors change and move across the bridge. The height of the river is displayed by a secondary color moving vertically up and down the pylons and cables. These river characteristics are a dynamic system, with large changes over the course of the seasons and smaller fluctuations that occur constantly throughout the day. LED lights are five times more energy efficient than conventional metal Halide lights and last up to 16 times longer with far less degradation of lighting output.
Source: http://news.trimet.org/2014/12/testi...arts-thursday/
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Resplendent! Will this refurbishment make Type 1 cars wheel chair accessible?
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Definitely time to revisit Portland again According to the map on Floor 47, is this bridge going to be shared by both the streetcar and MAX LRT?
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Resplendent! Will this refurbishment make Type 1 cars wheel chair accessible?
According to TriMet, all trains are wheelchair accessible and have been for quite some time. Perhaps this was met during the Type 1 retrofits in the late 90s.
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Definitely time to revisit Portland again According to the map on Floor 47, is this bridge going to be shared by both the streetcar and MAX LRT?
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Not only will the streetcar and light rail share the same bridge, they will ride on the same tracks. I believe this is the first time they share rails. The two systems cross tracks in places, but they haven't shared track and catenary before.
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