St. Johns, Fremont, Broadway, Steele, Burnside, Morrison, Hawthorne, Marquam, Ross Island and Sellwood.
These are the names of landmarks that shape Portland’s way of life.
The “light rail” bridge? That’s hardly worthy of the breathtaking structure that will carry the 7.3-mile Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail line from one side of the Willamette River to the other.
It’s time to name the bridge, and for the first time in regional history, the public is being invited into the process.
TriMet is accepting nominations for a suitable name through Dec. 1 for the 1,700 cable-stayed span under construction between the South Waterfront and Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.
The bridge will carry streetcars, cyclists and pedestrians but no cars, making it the largest car-free transit bridge in the U.S.
Bridge construction wraps up next November and the $1.4 billion Portland-Milwaukie line goes into service the following September.
The process works like this: A committee headed by TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane will evaluate the nominees and announce finalists in January. McFarlane will make the final decision next spring based on public response.
The name committee also includes: Chet Orloff of the Oregon Geographic Names Board, Betty Dominguez of Home Forward, Matthew French of Zidell Corp., Sue Keil of the Willamette River Bridge Advisory Committee, David Lewis, historian for the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde, Brenda Martin, a grad student at Portland State, Alis Norris, former mayor of Oregon City, Pat Reser, Travis Stovall of the TriMet Board and Krystyna Wolniakowski of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
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