TriMet's MAX Red Line will be shut down from April 2 through April 9 for a construction project.
Crews will work around the clock to move a 200-foot section of the existing track about 500 feet farther north. Moving the switch—the part where a single track splits into two—will make room for an eventual bridge over the existing tracks and the I-205 multi-use path. This is part of A Better Red, TriMet’s multi-year MAX Red Line extension and reliability improvement project that will reduce delays and expand Red Line service 10 stations west, from Beaverton Transit Center to Fair Complex/Hillsboro Airport.
MAX Red Line service will be suspended with no Red Line trains running on the system April 2-9. MAX Blue and Green line trains will help riders get to and from the Gateway/NE 99th Ave Transit Center. Shuttle buses will be used to move people between Gateway and Portland International Airport during the disruption, serving closed Red Line stations as well.
Following completion of the project, MAX trains will return to regular service on Sunday, April 10.
Without the MAX Red Line operating, our train-to-plane service will be disrupted. But, with shuttle buses running on the Red Line’s schedule, riders will still be able to catch their flights or leave the airport without having to spend extra money on a cab or ride share. Think of the Gateway Transit Center as your brief layover before grabbing a connection.
MAX Blue and Green line trains will take you to the Gateway Transit Center. Just remember to get off the train and make your way to the shuttle bus locations. Watch for signs leading the way. Heading out from PDX, take the shuttle bus to Gateway and transfer to a Blue or Green Line train.
Expect trips to take slightly longer: A lot of thought has gone into how to get you around the disruption as quickly as possible, but delays may happen. Planning some extra time will help guarantee that you get to your final destination on time. To be on the safe side, we suggest you plan an extra 30 minutes for your trips.
Ride the Blue Line instead of the Red Line: West of the Gateway Transit Center, the Blue Line shares stations with the Red Line, making it a swappable option for travel between Gateway and Beaverton.
Plan your trip in advance: We try our best to keep you moving without delay, and a part of that is keeping you informed and providing tools to help you make decisions. We encourage you to visit our project webpage, trimet.org/alerts/redline, and check out our revamped website, triMet.org, which features all of our standard trip tools and then some. You can plan your trip in advance or sign up to have service alerts delivered directly via text or email.