MAX Transitby Jay Landers, Contributing Editor;
Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 2002, Vol. 72, Issue 1, Pg. 44-49
Document Type: Feature article
Two expansions to the Metropolitan Area Express (MAX) light-rail transit system in Portland, Oregon, illustrate the value of exemplary planning and creative financing. The Airport MAX line, connecting downtown Portland to Portland International Airport, opened to the public in September 2001. A unique public-private partnership and the existence of a designated transportation corridor helped to speed the project along. Scheduled for completion in September 2004, a second expansion—the Interstate MAX line—will enable passengers to travel from downtown to Portland's Expo Center. Bringing the contractors and designers on board in the early stages of the project has simplified the work associated with building light-rail in an urban setting.
Subject Headings: Building design | Airports and airfields | Public private partnership | Light rail transit | Business districts | Transportation management | Light (artificial) | Oregon
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