TriMet received $85 million in federal grant money today to aid in the completion of its pricey Portland-Milwaukie light rail line (the future Orange Line). This grant was handed over by Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, transportation advocates, to TriMet as part of a $745 million full-funding agreement with the company.
“As a nation we must reduce our addiction to overseas oil," said Merkley, in a statement. "The MAX’s success has proven that when people have good transit options, they often prefer to leave their cars at home. This grant helps give more people that option, which is good for them and good for our country.”
TriMet has previously been covering the expenses by regional matching funds, according to the Oregonian. This should come as a huge relief to the agency that has been put through the wringer with its $12 million budget deficit.