An integrated design/build approach along with a public private partnership lead to the successful completion of the Airport MAX line, a 5.5 mile extension of the light rail system to the Portland International Airport. The project involves a transit-oriented development approach that is encouraged by local and regional plans. Construction on the project began before design was 100% complete, with elements of design sequenced to follow construction scheduling. The project also featured examples of how new and existing methods were applied, such as the use of precast traffic barriers instead of cast-in-place ballast walls, fiber optic signal systems instead of copper wires, and cast-in-place segmental bridge construction instead of pre-cast girders. Airport MAX extension will interface with Tri- Met's existing bus and rail service, and will have the capability to increase the number of trains in service as demand grows.

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    American Public Works Association

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  • Publication Date: 2002-7


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Media Info

  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 54
  • Serial:
    • APWA Reporter
    • Volume: 69
    • Issue Number: 7
    • Publisher: American Public Works Association
    • ISSN: 0092-4873

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  • Accession Number: 00963489
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 2 2004 12:00AM