Connecting people to jobs
The Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project is essential to the long-term economic vitality of our region, helping to connect people to their jobs and higher education. It also is providing many short-term benefits for the regional economy.
Direct jobs are occupations that work directly on the light rail project, such as planners, designers, engineers and construction workers.
To date, more than 399 private-sector firms are working, or have completed work, on the project, including 108 disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) firms, and the list of companies continues to grow.
Direct jobs created:
Direct jobs created
Indirect and induced jobs
Indirect jobs include positions at suppliers of materials for the project, such as steel, concrete, wood, and more. Induced jobs are jobs created by the spending of project salaries for items such as groceries, gas, entertainment, etc.
The indirect and induced jobs are estimated based on a direct multiplier of 8.63 jobs per million dollars of eligible construction spending. Through April 2013, the project has expended approximately $335 million on construction.
Indirect and induced jobs created
Economic benefits at a glance
Project construction workers, Portland region
Project contractor firms, Portland region
Buy America for project materials
The project is expected to create more than 7,300 indirect and induced jobs by buying American-made materials under federal Buy America requirements and generating spending in the local economy.
The project workforce is skilled, diverse and dedicated to creating a safe, efficient and accessible light rail extension.
New economic development along the project alignment will provide employment opportunities, encourage walking and cycling, and enhance livability.
Saving riders money
Transit riders also benefit economically by choosing light rail. According to the American Public Transit Association (APTA), a Portland resident who chooses public transit saves $10,313 a year, based on a per gallon gas price of $3.43.
Estimates predict the MAX line constructed by the project will carry 17,000 riders at the end of its first year of service. That's $175.4 million in rider savings for that year. And at the end of 30 years of service, the MAX line is expected to carry 22,765 riders annually, which equals $234.8 million in annual rider savings