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Expo Center Portland’s Transit System


Illustration by Alexander B. Craghead and Otto M. Vondrak Not all routes and stations shown. Not an official map. ©2012 Carstens Publications, Inc.


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Government Center


Hatfield HILLSBORO


Portions built upon former Oregon Electric Ry.


Beaverton TC


MAX Orange Line to open in 2015


O R E G O N PORTLAND


WES Commuter Rail operates over tracks of Portland & Western


Streetcar Extention under consideration


Tigard TC OSWEGO


Proposed MAX light rail route under consideration


LAKE SE Park Avenue MILWAUKIE Sherwood


MAX Light Rail Under Construction Planned


Portland Streetcar Under Construction Planned


WILSONVILLE Wilsonville


scenic environs of a light industrial area of Wilsonville, a suburb on the south side of the metro area. Wilsonville is the southern terminus of the Westside Express Service, or WES, one of the area’s newest rail lines, and the first leg of our journey. On the plat- form, a small group of challengers awaits, including Dan and my friend Matt. I join them, and we board our fist train: TM 1001, a sleek white diesel- multiple-unit (DMU) built by now de- funct Colorado Railcar. “They’re really nice cars,” notes


Matt, “but it would have been nice to ride one of those,” he says, nodding out the window at the maintenance facili- ty, where a pair of well-used but hand- some Budd Rail Diesel Cars sit in the yard. The RDC’s serve as backup equip- ment, a necessity proven early on by the poor build quality and extensive teething problems of the DMU’s. Unlike most commuter lines, WES operates bi-directionally between four suburban cities. (Those commuting to downtown must transfer to MAX light rail at the northern terminus of Beaverton.) Run by TriMet, the re- gion’s dominant transit agency, WES utilizes track shared with freight carri-


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WES Commuter Rail Portland Aerial Tram


Clackamas Town Center Milwaukie/Main St


“Westside MAX” Blue Line


opened in 1998 Sunset TC


DOWNTOWN PORTLAND


Washington Park


Robertson Tunnel


PSU OHSU Gibbs


Powell Boulevard Division Street


MAX Green Line opened 2009


CLACKAMAS


Albina / Mississippi Lloyd Center


Rose Quarter TC Gateway TC 6 8 10 C


International Airport


Portland


MAX Yellow Line opened in 2004


opened in 2001


opened from downtown 1986 Rockwood


“Eastside MAX” Blue Line


E. 188th Avenue GRESHAM


Cleveland Avenue


“Airport MAX” Red Line


ABOVE: TriMet 1001, a Colorado Railcar DMU, is approaching the Wilsonville station on TriMet’s WES commuter rail service. This suburb-to-suburb route opened in 2009, and operates over the tracks of freight short line Portland & Western. DAN HANECKOW


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