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The Federal Transit Administration will pay almost half of the Better Red Project.

TRIMET CONCEPTUAL DRAWING - A second track on a new structure north of Gateway Transit Center would help provide a faster travel time for inbound MAX riders.The Federal Transit Administration has agreed to pay about half the cost of improved service between Hillsboro and the Portland International Airport.

TriMet announced on Thursday the allocation of nearly $100 million in federal funding to its Better Red Project. It will extend direct service to Hillsboro and improve sections of track near Portland International Airport and Gateway Transit Center.

Work includes additional tracks and a new bridge over Interstate 84 near the airport, along with improvements to the airport station and six new light rail vehicles.

TriMet and the Port of Portland will pay for the rest of the $206 million project.

TriMet said the project is expected to create 1,200 jobs that will generate economic activity to help the region recover. Construction is expected to start in spring 2021 with improved MAX Red Line service rolling out in 2024.

Learn more about the project and view conceptual designs here.


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