Clackamas County Real Estate: Final Milwaukie MAX Line Approved by the FTA

Commuters rejoice: it looks like the Portland area is getting a new light rail line! This week, the Federal Transit Authority gave the green light to light rail service line to Milwaukie, south of Southeast Portland – a 7.3-mile, $1.49 billion project that will connect thousands of residents in the suburbs and the city. After the final design is completed, TriMet expects to sign a full funding grant agreement with the federal government sometime in mid-2012 for its commitment to fund 50 percent of the project. Once that is signed, the project can begin full construction!

One of the most talked about features of the Portland Real Estate market is how close most homes for sale in Portland are to public transportation. The project includes a proposed transit bridge crossing the Willamette river that would carry MAX light rail trains, buses and the future eastside loop of the Portland streetcar, as well as two 14-foot bike and pedestrian paths. The 7.3-mile Portland-Milwaukie light rail project, the region’s sixth max line, will go from Portland State University through the south waterfront, into Southeast Portland, to Milwaukie and north Clackamas County. Construction is expected to start summer 2011, as soon as July 1.

If you’re interested in homes for sale in Milwaukie near present and future public transportation like the MAX light-rail system, contact the McDonald Group Realtors to find out how you can cut down on your commute and get connected to the amazing dining, shopping, and entertainment opportunities via the MAX light-rail and streetcar systems. Portland is the perfect place to live a car-free lifestyle, with many amenities, incentives, and resources for cutting down on car-time and gaining an appreciation of the city of Portland!

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