A Better Red
We’re making plans to extend and improve MAX Red Line service to provide better connections and a more reliable ride.
The MAX Red Line provides vital connections within our region, including service to Portland International Airport. As we continue looking at ways to improve our system, we’re planning to make the Red Line more reliable and extend service to the Fair Complex Center in Hillsboro. This wide-ranging project is currently in the engineering phase, with work to be completed over multiple years.
Extending service in Beaverton and Hillsboro
Riders and community members in Beaverton and Hillsboro have been requesting more MAX service for years. And we can see why: During the afternoon peak, Blue Line trains are full while Red Line trains are generally only half-full, suggesting that many riders need to travel farther west than Beaverton Transit Center.
We’ve come up with a plan to extend Red Line service to 10 more west side stations:
- Fair Complex/Hillsboro Airport
- Hawthorn Farm
- Willow Creek/SW 185th Transit Center
- Elmonica/SW 170th
- Merlo/SW 158th
- Beaverton Creek
- Millikan Way
- Beaverton Central
This increase in service (of approximately 75 percent) will be made possible by improving track and switches, adding signals and placing an operator break facility at the Fair Complex/Hillsboro Airport MAX Station. Of course, these hundred-plus additional trips will also reduce crowding on Blue Line trains.
Improving system-wide reliability
Over on the east side, we’re planning to add a second track to sections of the Red Line near Gateway/NE 99th Ave Transit Center and Portland International Airport. Using the existing single track, delayed Red Line trains affect Green and Blue line trains passing through Gateway — even small delays can have a domino effect that spreads throughout the system. A second Red Line track would separate airport-bound trains from trains heading to City Center, Beaverton and Hillsboro.
Anticipated project schedule
- Design and Environmental Review: 2017–21
- Construction: 2021–23
- Opening: 2023/2024
Medium-High Rating for Federal Funding
Federal Funding award
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Project costs are approximately $206 million, including six new light rail vehicles to accommodate the increased service.