MAX Transit

by Jay Landers, Contributing Editor; Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE World Headquarters, 1801 Alexander Bell Drive, Reston, VA.,

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: Light rail transit | Airports and airfields | Business districts | Public private partnership | Building design | Light (artificial) | Financing | Transportation corridors | Oregon | United States

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