Speeding Up MAX Through Downtown
Closing four stations could make trips faster.
We’re considering closing four MAX Blue and Red Line stations in order to speed up travel through Downtown Portland:
- Kings Hill/SW Salmon
- Mall/SW 4th Ave
- Mall/SW 5th Ave
- Skidmore Fountain
Removing these stations will cut MAX travel times by 14% through Downtown Portland, saving two minutes in each direction.
Why these stations?
The first reason is proximity: These stations are between one and two blocks from other MAX stations. Second, Kings Hill and Skidmore Fountain are among the least-used MAX stations in Downtown, and we currently close Kings Hill during Timbers and Thorns games due to station capacity.
Because these stations are near alternative stations and/or these stations are used less than others, removing them will help speed up travel without causing significant inconveniences for riders.
Has TriMet ever closed a MAX station?
No. This would be the first time we’ve ever closed a MAX station.
When would these stations close?
We propose removing these stations as soon as September 2019.
Is TriMet looking at closing more stations if this is successful?
We do not have plans to close any other stations.
We’d like to know what you think.
Questions or comments? Send us your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org or call or text us at 503-238-RIDE (7433).