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MAX train over Tilikum Crossing for first time

Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO JAIME VALDEZ - A MAX train went over the Tilikum Crossing for the first time Monday as part of a safety test. This picture was taken from the Portland Opera building on the east bank of the Willamette River.TriMet pulled a MAX train along a portion of the Portland to Milwaukie Light Rail Line on Monday, including across the Tilikum Crossing bridge over the Willamette River.

The train, which was pulled along the tracks at walking speed by a specially-prepared diesel truck, is part of the comprehensive Safety Certification Program required for the project. According to TriMet, it is intended to verify the train's interface with the track, electrical switches and wayside equipment. Crews stopped frequently to take measurements for clearance verification.

Beginning at 8 a.m. on Aug. 25, the train traveled from SW 5th and Lincoln Street, over the Tilikum Crossing, Bridge of the People — as it is officially known — to the future Clinton St/SE 12th Ave Station.

It was the first time a MAX train has been on the future Orange Line.

For a TriMet time-lapse video of the test, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmVCILmRqOc&feature=youtu.be

The $1.5 billion project is the region’s sixth MAX construction project. It will provide light rail service from Portland State University to South Waterfront, Southeast Portland, Milwaukie and North Clackamas County. The 7.3-mile line will include 10 stations and the first of its kind multi-modal bridge in the U.S. will carry light rail and streetcar trains, buses, bicyclists and pedestrians, but no private vehicles.

The new line is scheduled to open on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015. When completed, it will expands the MAX system to 60 miles and 97 stations.

Project partners include: the Federal Transit Administration, the State of Oregon, Clackamas County, Metro, the City of Milwaukie, Multnomah County, the City of Oregon City, the Oregon Department of Transportation, the City of Portland, the Portland Development Commission and TriMet.