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Westside MAX Blue Line Project History

Westside MAX Blue Line

Hillsboro/City Center
  • Opened: Sept. 12, 1998
  • Length: 18 miles
  • Stations: 32
  • Construction: July 1993-Sept. 1998
  • Cost: $963 million

Highlights

  • Connects Hillsboro, Beaverton and Portland City Center
  • Funded by the Federal Transit Administration (73%), state transportation funds (12%) and local bond measure (15%)
  • Completed on schedule and within budget
  • A national model for integrating public art with transit station design
  • Includes three-mile, twin-tube tunnel under the West Hills
  • Low-floor train cars improved access for people with mobility impairments
  • Washington Park Station is deepest transit station in North America at 260 feet underground
  • Catalyst for $825 million in residential and commercial development
  • Ridership has exceeded expectations