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Heat Advisory Updated: 6:03 a.m., Mon. Jul. 6, 2015

Stay hydrated and plan ahead as extreme heat continues this week and may lead to delays. MAX slows in some areas in 90+ heat and trains systemwide slow to no more than 35 mph if temperatures pass 100. In 95+ heat, WES trains slow to no more than 30 mph. Learn more

Interstate MAX Yellow Line Project History

Photo of MAX Yellowline trainInterstate MAX Yellow Line

Expo Center/City Center
  • Opened: May 1, 2004
  • Length: 5.8 miles
  • Stations: 10
  • Construction: Nov. 2000-May 2004
  • Cost: $350 million


  • Connects North and Northeast Portland with Portland City Center and the rest of the MAX light rail system
  • Built in partnership with the City of Portland, the Portland Development Commission (PDC), Metro, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the communities of North and Northeast Portland
  • Funded by the Federal Transit Administration (74%), regional transportation funds (11%), TriMet capital funds (7%) and urban renewal funds (8%): No additional property taxes needed
  • Completed ahead of schedule and millions under budget
  • A national model for environmentally friendly construction practices and community involvement
  • Set new standards in participation by Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) firms
  • Enhanced neighborhoods in North Portland with new sidewalks, trees, art, paved roads, bike lanes and bike lockers
  • Catalyst for more than 50 new businesses opening along the line during construction
  • Yellow Line ridership has exceeded ridership on the former bus line serving Interstate Avenue