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PORTLAND -- The Portland regional transit agency TriMet says the 7.3-mile Orange Line running between downtown Portland and Milwaukie is 50 percent complete, and is projected to open on Sept. 12, 2015.

The almost $1.5 billion project includes a bridge across the Willamette River that will be off-limits to cars. Bridge construction started in 2011, and work on the light-rail line began in May 2012.

TriMet said Thursday that the project has created more than 6,800 direct and indirect jobs, including 2,435 in construction.

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