Congratulations to TriMet on completing the MAX Orange Line! And what a ride it’s been! After years of planning and design involving multiple public agencies, communities and design professionals, the light rail line and Tillikum Crossing Bridge opened to public festivities on September 12.
Mayer/Reed is proud to be part of an effort that pushed the project beyond just moving commuters between Portland and Milwaukie, Oregon. TriMet’s commitment to an in-depth public process, bicycle and pedestrian connectivity, public art, sustainable design and high quality rider amenities allowed the design team’s response to weave the new line and its stations into the fabric of the neighborhoods along the 7.3 mile corridor.
Soon station areas will buzz with activity as people incorporate the new connections and community improvements into their daily lives. We look forward to seeing how this public transit infrastructure becomes a catalyst for economic vitality in the region!
On August 24th, C-TRAN broke ground on construction of Vancouver, Washington’s first bus rapid transit line, “The Vine.” The enhanced bus system will connect the Westfield Vancouver Mall to downtown using articulated buses, raised boarding platforms, and a prepayment system for efficiency. Mayer/Reed collaborated with PIVOT Architecture to integrate “The Vine” identity, created by Nonbox, into the design of station signage and amenities—creating a readily recognizable and fully integrated brand experience for riders. Imagery courtesy of Newlands and JLA
After standing in situ for 100 years, the massive namesake of Franklin High School is on the move. He’s making way for major renovations, accessibility and modernization currently under construction. As the landscape architects of this project, we trust that Ben will find his new position in the main activity area of the campus satisfying, with a proper purview over school activities, sporting events and new site improvements. And who knows, maybe some kite flying?
When is a light rail line more than a just a transit project? When an enlightened agency like TriMet hires landscape architects and urban designers to “stitch all the component parts and pieces into a unified whole…and celebrate the distinctive character of each station and neighborhood.”
A recent Daily Journal of Commerce article highlights the role that landscape architects had in designing the MAX Orange Line. In addition to Mayer/Reed and CH2M who were mentioned in the article, several other landscape architects participated in the light rail line design, including GreenWorks who worked closely with Mayer/Reed on the east side.