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  Park-and-Ride lots or parking garages at several stations on all four lines riders to leave their autos behind when riding to work or recreation. Extra trains also operate for events at the Rose Quarter or at Providence Park.
 

MAX stations have become the focus of commercial, corporate and residential expansion around them. Whole developments, such as Orenco Station in Hillsboro, the Round in Beaverton and the Civic Neighborhood in Gresham, provide a mix of these uses right alongside the tracks.

The stations also have some of the most distinctive artwork found throughout metropolitan Portland. The Washington Park station, for example, includes murals and rock tubes that outline the millions of years of geological development in the Tualatin Hills.

 

  The additions to the MAX system contributed to a significant increase in TriMet ridership system-wide. On the west side, ridership more than doubled when the Hillsboro line opened. In 2008, MAX trains carried 35 million riders, compared to 6 million in 1987.
 

TriMet introduced a new identification system for its existing and future MAX services in late 2000. The Gresham-Hillsboro route is the Blue Line; the Airport route is the Red Line; and the Interstate route is the Yellow Line. The Green Line is the route from downtown Portland into Clackamas County along the Interstate 205 corridor. The line to Milwaukie is projected as the Orange Line.

Station signs and kiosks, and destination signs on the trains are all color coded; On the older 100-, 200- and 300-series cars, Blue, Red and Green line destination signs appear in white on a background showing the route color. Yellow Line destination signs appear with the names in black on a yellow background. The 400-series cars have electronic signs that display a blue, red, yellow or green marker light to designate the route.

TriMet also introduced a new logo and color scheme in 2002. The new scheme eliminated the narrow horizontal brown, orange and red stripes, replacing them with broader blue and yellow-gold striping. The 300- and 400-series light rail cars arrived in the new colors, and TriMet has so far repainted most of its 100-series cars in the new scheme as part of their mid-life overhauls.

TriMet, working with the governments of suburban Washington County and Clackamas County, operates a 14.7-mile commuter rail route between Beaverton and Wilsonville. This service, known as Westside Express Service or WES, opened Feb. 2, 2009 and uses existing rail lines operated by the Portland & Western Railroad.

A new stretch of track along Lombard Street in downtown Beaverton allows direct access into the Beaverton Transit Center and provides cross-platform connections with MAX trains and TriMet buses. Colorado Railcar, Inc. built a small fleet of diesel-powered railcars and trailer coaches for this service. Construction on this route began in October 2006.

 

  Blue Line trains take about 96 minutes to run between Gresham and Hillsboro; about 48 minutes between Gresham and downtown Portland; and about 48 minutes between downtown Portland and Hillsboro.
 

Blue Line trains operate on the following schedules:

Weekdays:

  • Approximately every 30 minutes before 6 am and after 9 pm.
  • Approximately every 15-17 minutes between 6 am and 9 pm.

Saturdays:

  • Approximately every 30 minutes before 6 am.
  • Approximately every 15-17 minutes between 6 am and 10 pm.
  • Approximately every 30 minutes after 10 pm.

Sundays/Holidays:

  • Approximately every 30 minutes before 6 am and after 10 pm.
  • Approximately every 15-17 minutes between 6 am and 10 pm.

Blue Line trains originating in Hillsboro in the early morning and terminating there in the late evening enter or go out of service at the Elmonica (Beaverton) yard. These trains also make all stops between there and downtown Hillsboro westbound in the morning and eastbound in the evening. Some early morning Hillsboro-bound trains originate at E. 197th Ave./Ruby Junction.

 

  Red Line trains operate approximately every 15 minutes between 6 am and 10 pm and about every 30 minutes before 6 am and after 10 pm. They take about an hour to run between Beaverton Transit Center and Portland International Airport.
 

Early morning Red Line trains originate at the Elmonica (Beaverton) yard and terminate there in the late evening. These trains also stop at all stations between there and Beaverton Transit Center. Some Red Line trains operate to the Willow Creek/SW 185th Avenue Transit Center.

 

 

Yellow Line trains operate approximately every 15 minutes between 7am and 9 pm and about every 30 minutes before 7 am and after 9 pm. They take about 30 minutes to run between Portland State University and the Expo Center.

 

Early morning Yellow Line trains originate at the Ruby Junction (Gresham) yard and late evening trains terminate there. These trains also stop at all stations between Ruby Junction and Rose Quarter, where they enter or leave Interstate Avenue.

All trains departing the Expo Center after 11 pm Monday-Friday and Sunday operate as far as the Interstate/Rose Quarter station, where they turn east to run back to Ruby Junction.

Yellow Line trains operate on the Transit Mall alignment between the Steel Bridge and the PSU campus. Yellow Line trains arriving at the layover loop at SW Jackson Street depart as Green Line trains enroute to Clackamas Town Center.

 

 

Green Line trains operate about every 15 minutes between 6 am and 7 pm on weekdays and between 10 am and 6 pm on weekends, and about every 30 minutes before and after. They take about 45 minutes to run between PSU and Clackamas Town Center.

 

Early morning Green Line trains originate at the Ruby Junction (Gresham) yard and late evening trains terminate there. These trains also stop at all stations between Ruby Junction and Gateway/NE 99th Avenue, where they enter or leave the I-205 alignment.

All trains departing Clackamas Town Center after 11 pm operate as far as Gateway/NE 99th Avenue, where they reverse direction and run east to Ruby Junction.

Green Line trains operate on the Transit Mall alignment between the Steel Bridge and the PSU campus. Green Line trains arriving at the layover loop at SW Jackson Street depart as Yellow Line trains enroute to the Expo Center.

 

 

MAX stations include Transit Centers with connections to TriMet bus routes and the WES (shown as TC); those with park-and-ride lots or parking garages (shown as PR); those connecting with the transit mall (shown as TM); and those connecting with the Portland Streetcar loop (shown as PS).

 

The Old Town/Chinatown station, the downtown stations along SW Morrison and Yamhill Streets and the Transit Mall, and the stops at Portland Union Station are also adjacent to city-owned Smart Park garages, which offer reduced-rate parking.

There are also Quick Drop sites for travelers to or from Portland International Airport. These are stations along the Red Line where travelers and their baggage can get dropped off or picked up at or near the train platforms. These are designated by the letters QD.

Stations located on the downtown Portland one-way couplets (SW Morrison and Yamhill and SW 5th and 6th) are designated as westbound (WB) or eastbound (EB). MAX services at Beaverton TC connect with Westside Express Service (WES) commuter trains.

The current standard fare for MAX trains is $2.50 for travel throughout the system. All-day tickets and reduced-rate fares for children, senior citizens and riders with special needs are available, as are weekly, monthly, half-month and annual passes. Ticket machines are located on all station platforms.

TriMet's light rail maintenance shops and car storage yards are located on SE 199th Avenue in Gresham (Ruby Junction) and on SW Jenkins Road in Beaverton (Elmonica).

 

  Blue Line (East)
 
Cleveland Avenue (PR) Gresham Central TC (PR) Gresham City Hall (PR) Civic Drive
Ruby Junction/E. 197th Avenue Rockwood/E.188th Avenue TC E. 181st Avenue (PR) E. 172nd Avenue
E. 162nd Avenue E. 148th Avenue E. 122nd Avenue (PR) E. 102nd Avenue

 

  Blue Line/Red Line/Green Line
 

Gateway/NE 99th Avenue TC (PR, QD)

NE 82nd Avenue (QD) NE 60th Avenue Hollywood/NE 42nd Avenue TC (QD)
Lloyd Center/NE 11th Avenue NE 7th Avenue Convention Center Rose Quarter TC

 

  Blue Line/Red Line (Downtown Portland)
 
Old Town/Chinatown (QD) Skidmore Fountain Oak Street/SW 1st Avenue   
Morrison/SW 3rd Avenue (WB) Yamhill District (EB) Mall/SW 5th Avenue (WB) (TM) Mall/4th Avenue (EB) (TM)
Pioneer Square North (WB) (TM) Pioneer Square South (EB) (TM) Galleria/SW 10th Avenue (WB) (PS)
Library/SW 9th Avenue (EB) (PS, QD)

 

  Blue Line/Red Line (West)
 
Providence Park Kings Hill/SW Salmon Goose Hollow/SW Jefferson Washington Park
Sunset TC (PR)     Beaverton TC (QD) (WES)

 

  Blue Line (West)
 
Beaverton Central Millikan Way (PR) Beaverton Creek (PR) Merlo Road/SW 158th Avenue
Elmonica/SW 170th Avenue (PR) Willow Creek/SW 185th Avenue TC (PR) Quatama/NW 205th Avenue (PR) Orenco/NW 231st Avenue (PR)
Hawthorn Farm Fair Complex/Hillsboro Airport (PR) Washington/SE 12th Avenue Tuality Hospital/SE 8th Ave
Hillsboro Central/SE 3rd Avenue TC     Mark O. Hatfield Government Center (PR)

 

  Red Line (East)
 
Parkrose/Sumner TC (PR, QD) Cascades Mount Hood Avenue Airport

 

  Yellow Line (North)
 
Interstate/Rose Quarter N.Albina/Mississippi Overlook N. Prescott St.
N. Killingsworth St. N. Portland Blvd. Lombard TC Kenton/N. Denver Ave.
 Delta Park/Vanport TC (PR)     Expo Center (PR)

 

  Green Line (East)
 
SE Main St. (PR) SE Division St. SE Powell Blvd. (PR) SE Holgate Blvd. (PR)
Lents Town Center/SE Foster Rd. SE Flavel St. SE Fuller Rd. (PR) Clackamas Town Center TC (PR)

 

  Yellow Line (South)/Green Line (West)
 
Union Station/SW 5th and Glisan (WB) (Amtrak, Greyhound) SW 5th and Couch (WB) SW 5th and Oak (WB) Pioneer Place/SW 5th (WB) (MAX Blue/Red)
City Hall/SW 5th and Jefferson (WB) PSU Urban Center/SW 5th and Mill (WB) (PS) PSU/SW 5th and Jackson (WB) (Future) PSU/SW 6th and Jackson (EB) (Future)
PSU Urban Center/SW 6th and Montgomery (EB) (PS) SW 6th and Madison (EB) Pioneer Courthouse/SW 6th (EB) (MAX Blue/Red) SW 6th and Pine (EB)
SW 6th and Davis (EB)     Union Station/SW 6th and Hoyt (EB) (Amtrak, Greyhound)

 

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