Flooring materials contribute to overall vision for safe, sustainable transportation solution.

With more than one million people expected in the Portland, Oregon metro region by 2035, public transit plays an important role in maintaining the quality of life for residents in the area. TriMet is addressing that challenge by providing light rail vehicles that not only ensure safe travel of passengers, but offer the durable design needed to ensure long-term, sustainable service.

Rail Car Materials Ensure Safety in Transit

Along with extensive bus transit and streetcar transit, TriMet offers 52 miles of light rail track, featuring 127 cars for five color-coded lines. A sixth orange line, offering transit from Portland to Milwaukie, is scheduled to be completed in 2015.

Tasked with renovating 22 light rail cars, officials at TriMet chose to replace the existing flooring in the vehicles with durable materials that were easier to install and maintain. At the advice of engineers at the Siemens railcar production team, TriMet installed norament® grano in the renovated cars. Logos and indicators such as wheelchairs and bicycles are inlaid into the floor, along with strips for the visually impaired and other cues to help ensure the safety of passengers.

Rail Car Materials Ensure Safety in Transit

“The flooring has helped keep our passengers safe, as the inlay graphics help prevent tripping throughout the railcar,” says Herbert Church, rail vehicle inspector-capital projects, TriMet. The approach goes beyond decals or stencils used on past projects.

Ease of maintenance was also of concern when outfitting the new vehicles. Each night, railcars are swept and damp mopped. Thanks to the properties of rubber flooring, the cleaning regimen does not require application of cost- and labor-intensive finish products. As TriMet extends their transit reach, officials are at ease knowing their chosen flooring ensures cleanliness and passenger safety in light rail vehicles – and, as an added bonus, achieves the goal to maintain long-term, sustainable service.

Rail Car Materials Ensure Safety in Transit

See how inlay graphics and a simplified cleaning regimen came together to form the perfect maintenance package in our full TriMet project profile.