The planned Portland to Milwaukie MAX light rail line cleared another hurdle on July 17th with the adoption of the new locally preferred alignment by Portland City Council.
Mayor, and former Brooklyn Action Corps member, Tom Potter spoke highly of the project and its ability to transform inner southeast Portland. The other members of City Council were also supportive.
Brooklyn Action Corps board member Marie Phillipi spoke on behalf of the board, and was thanked for her years of hard work on this project by City Councilman Dan Saltzman.
The project will introduce frequent, rail transit to the Brooklyn neighborhood by the end of the year 2015. SE 17th Avenue will be widened to include a rail right of way, bike lanes, and wider sidewalks. Light rail stations will be added at both Rhine Street and Holgate Boulevard.
This is the third major milestone for this project in the past week. The City of Milwaukie City Council and the Portland Development Commission Board have aslo given their approval to the approximately $1.3 billion dollar transit and road improvement project.
The next major milestonefor the project will occur in the last week of July when the Metro Council makes their final vote on the proposed alignment.