Portland's newest bridge, the Tilikum Crossing, opened Saturday, Sept. 12, to pedestrians and public transit.

Portland’s newest bridge, the Tilikum Crossing, opened Saturday, Sept. 12, to pedestrians and public transit.

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After much anticipation and plenty of parties, Portland’s new bridge, the Tilikum Crossing, Bridge of the People, is now open to walkers, joggers, bikers and TriMet riders.

TriMet also flew open the doors to its new Orange MAX light rail line and invited the public to free rides around town. The new line, which links the city’s South Waterfront to the Central Eastside and on down to Milwaukie, will change commutes for a lot of locals.

The Tilikum Crossing, which connects the Southwest Waterfront to inner Southeast Portland just south of the Marquam Bridge, is the first bridge to be built over the Willamette River in more than 40 years, the first cable-stay bridge in the Pacific Northwest and the longest pedestrian-only bridge in North America.

Portland's newest bridge, the Tilikum Crossing, is only open to pedestrians, cyclists and public transit. Hundreds of people showed up for the grand opening Saturday, Sept. 12.

Portland’s newest bridge, the Tilikum Crossing, is only open to pedestrians, cyclists and public transit. Hundreds of people showed up for the grand opening Saturday, Sept. 12.

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If you aren’t able to check it out during the day, be sure to see it at night. The bridge has its very own LED lighting system that will change colors with the currents of the Willamette River.

Tilikum Crossing was named in April 2014 after TriMet received nearly 9,500 submissions and 3,000 comments by the public. The winning name came from the local Native American language of Chinook Wawa, meaning “people, tribes and relatives.”

The city’s newest and first pedestrian only bridge, the Tilikum Crossing, opened Saturday to the public. This weekend is also the start of TriMet’s new MAX light rail line, the Orange line.