Rail

TriMet installs ‘eco-track’ at future light rail station

Posted on November 27, 2013

Photo courtesy TriMet
Photo courtesy TriMet

Portland, Ore.-based TriMet is taking sustainable transit further with a pilot installation of eco-track on its 7.3-mile Portland-Milwaukie light rail transit project. The vegetated trackway will provide a colorful carpet of low-growing plants along 200 feet of light rail line on either side of the Lincoln St/SW 3rd Ave MAX Station platforms.

Although “green” or “grass” trackways exist in Europe, it’s a rare application in the U.S., according to TriMet. The vegetated trackway area is pervious to stormwater, thus reducing runoff. The eco-track is comprised of 1-inch thick mats with various sedum species.

Sedums are a hardy, low-maintenance vegetation commonly used on eco-roofs. The sedum planting will initially be irrigated with a drip watering system for establishment and then irrigated on an as-needed basis.

In addition to the eco-track installation, the light rail project has replaced trees and is incorporating sidewalk stormwater planters on SW Lincoln Street.

Check out a time-lapse video of the installation here.

RELATED: "Bus rooftop garden can be watered by A/C"

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Sound Transit breaks ground on Capitol Hill Station TOD

Construction of affordable housing, mixed-used development near popular light rail station begins.

Beijing subway to use 'bio-recognition tech' to speed passenger flow

Facial recognition cameras would be able to detect people’s faces, potentially allowing them to bypass normal ticketing channels.

New intercity rail service launches in Connecticut

Connects to a number of other rail services, including Metro-North, Shoreline East, and Amtrak including Amtrak’s Acela

Alstom to supply 38 Citadis trams for German operator

Will also provide training, repair equipment and warranty services. The contract includes an option for 15 additional vehicles.

Bombardier JV wins Chinese airport automated peoplemover contract

Will deliver an Integrated System Package, including 18 cars, for an approximately 1.6-mile APM line

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close