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PORTLAND Crews reached a major building landmark in the project to create a light rail line from Portland to Milwaukie.

Monday morning, crews welded the first section of track together, connecting two, 80-foot sections of rail.

It's exciting for the public the community... They get to see actual train tracks being built together, explained construction manager Andy Auxier.

Details:Portland-Milwaukie MAXproject

The 7.3-mile project will extend the MAXGreen Line from Portland State University all the way into north Clackamas County.

TriMet's goal is to have the new line open by September 2015

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