Portland-to-Milwaukie rail line gets $85 million



PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded Portland’s regional mass transit agency $85 million to help complete the Portland to Milwaukie light rail line.

Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley of Oregon announced the funding Thursday afternoon.

Merkley says the line will give more people a chance to leave their cars at home, and that’s good for them and a nation that’s addicted to oil.

Service on TriMet’s sixth light rail line is scheduled to begin in 2015