From Portland Afoot
TriMet's Blue Line is Portland's oldest MAX light rail line and the first federally funded light rail project in the United States. It runs from Gresham to Hillsboro by way of Gateway Transit Center, Lloyd Center, Rose Quarter Transit Center, downtown Portland, the Oregon Zoo, Beaverton Transit Center and Sunset Transit Center.
The line that was first called the Banfield light rail line broke ground on March 26, 1982, and opened on Sept. 5, 1986, a 15-mile connection between Gresham and downtown Portland. The line was renamed "MAX" after a public contest won by Jeff Frane, a local typography designer.
 Service changes
Like other MAX lines, the Blue Line's hours were reduced during the 2010 TriMet cuts. One year later, TriMet restored some evening rush hour service.
 Construction costs
The original 15-mile, 30-station eastside line cost $214 million, or $420 million in 2010 dollars. The 18-mile, 32-station westside extension cost $963 million when it opened in 1998, or $1,282,000 in 2010 dollars.
 See also
- official TriMet timeline
- archived TriMet timeline from 1994, on RoseCityTransit.org
- audio producer Bill Lascher interviews Blue Line riders about the MAX, concluding that "it makes it seem like everybody likes to ride the MAX"
- official TriMet pages about the history of the eastside and westside Blue Lines
Did you find this page useful? Could it get better? You're meeting Portland Afoot in its toddlerhood! You can help build this free online guide to low-car life in PDX by clicking "edit" in the right sidebar and adding what you know. Or just leave your questions or ideas below. Thanks for visiting!