Inside TriMet’s $52M investments

The MAX Blue Line in Hillsboro, June 2013 (KOIN 6 News file)
The MAX Blue Line in Hillsboro, June 2013 (KOIN 6 News file)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — The $52 million TriMet said will be invested to make the system better will be spent on many things, not all of them related directly to the trains.

Robert Nelson, TriMet’s deputy general manager, earlier this week told KOIN 6 News they’re “doing a little bit of a catch-up following the Great Recession.”

The work they have to do will use the $52,153,270 that has “been programmed for a while.”

Documents obtained by KOIN 6 News show the money will be used for maintenance, capital budget items and new projects.

Operating Budget:

$36.7 million is for maintenance, part of the operating budget
$6 million will be spent for facility maintenance
$30 million on maintenance of the rails

Capital Budget:

$13 million will go into the capital budget —
safety enhancements, real time GPS locators, signals and substations.

New Projects:

A power outage on the Steel Bridge trapped this MAX train and disrupted all MAX lines, May 12, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
A power outage on the Steel Bridge trapped this MAX train and disrupted all MAX lines, May 12, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

$2.3 million for new projects
Those new projects include $500,000 to upgrade components on the Steel Bridge, which this week was the site of major commuter problems.

“It’s structurally very sound but needs some work,” Nelson said.

Some of the new project money is also going to items like shop maintenance ($95,000) and landscape rehabilitation ($556,000.)

“We have to design a lot of stuff so it takes a while,” Nelson said. “But we’re moving forward on it.”

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