MAX with an airplane in the background

Airport Transit Project

Opened on September 10, 2001, the third MAX line connects PDX to Downtown Portland and Beaverton.

MAX Red Line
Beaverton TC/Airport/City Center

  • Opened: September 10, 2001
  • Length: 5.5 miles
  • Stations: 4
  • Construction: May 1999–September 2001
  • Cost: $125 million
MAX Red Line station MAX station at the airport


  • Connects airport with key destinations such as the Oregon Convention Center and Portland City Center
  • First train-to-plane transit service on the West Coast
  • Built through a unique public-private partnership
  • Funded by TriMet general fund (36%), Bechtel/CascadeStation Development Company, LLC (23%), Port of Portland (23%), and the City of Portland (18%): no federal dollars or new local taxes needed
  • Used existing transit right-of-way along I-205
  • Completed on schedule and within budget
  • Future transit-oriented development adjacent to I-205 (CascadeStation) expected to create 10,000 jobs
  • Ridership continues to grow


Airport MAX Red Line Project: A history and overview of TriMet’s MAX extension to the airport, which opened in 2001. PDF