In General

Location / Name:
Portland OR, Multnomah County

What's Here:
TriMet's MAX Light Rail - Green Line

GPS Coordinates: as needed
Phone A/C: 503
ZIP: n/a

Access by train/transit:
Amtrak (in downtown Portland)
Portland Streetcar (in downtown Portland)
MAX Red and Blue Lines (at Gateway and downtown Portland)

The Scoop:

The four MAX lines all cross the Willamette River on the Steel bridge, with the Yellow Line splitting off just after it hits solid ground.  The other three lines, Red, Blue, and Green, then head east after going thru the Rose Quarter station.  They run together for about 5 miles, paralleling I-84 for the most part until they reach the Gateway Station.  Beyond Gateway, the three lines go their separate way, with the Green Line heading south to Clackamas, paralleling I-205.

This line has several interesting features.  One is the "tunnel" under the 205 in order to be on the west side of the freeway.  Down around the Lents/Flavel area, the tracks pass over three bridge spans, all of which are between those two stations!

Where they are noticeable (and I can get screen captures of them from Google Maps), I have included the artwork TriMet has placed at the various stations, including the Windscreens.

A bike trail parallels the line for a good portion of it.

Steve Morgan
The Oregonian
Denver Todd

Websites and other additional information sources of interest for the area:

Getting Here

Interstate 205 provides easy access to most of the Green Line.....
Exit 17 drops you off onto SE Foster Rd, which is close to the Lents Town Center station.
Exit 19 will get you off at SE Powell Blvd, for the station of the same name.
Take exit 20 for Washington Blvd and Starke St (go south on SE 96th Ave from Washington to get to the Main St station).
NE Glisan St is at exit 21A, then north on NE 99th Ave to NE Pacific St to get to Gateway.


Station by Station

Gateway / NE 99th Transit Center
Blue & Green Line Split
SE Main St
Going under the 205
SE Division St
SE Powell Blvd
SE Holgate
Lents Town Center / SE Foster
SE Flavel St
SE Fuller Rd
Clackamas Town Center Transit Center

Gateway / NE 99th Transit Center Station

GPS Coordinates: 45.530592, -122.563583
https://railfanguides.us/or/trimet/map8/index.htm additional photos

You WILL get bored reading about this station, it appears on 4 or 5 pages :-).  Gateway station marks another division point in the system.  The Blue and Green lines continue south from here, but the Red line loops around, deals with a pretty good grade to loop back under itself and then head north along I-205 on it's way to the Portland Airport.

Green Line / Blue Line Split

Steve Morgan, 2008

SE Main St Station

GPS Coordinates: 45.514277, -122.564448
Just north of the station sits a pocket track large enough for a 2-pack train.

Under the 205

The R-O-W leaves Gateway on the east side of Interstate 205, then, between SE Market Street to the north, and SE Division Street to the south, is crosses under the 205.

south portal

north portal

SE Division St Station

GPS Coordinates: 45.503347, -122.566682
This station does not have any parking.

Over Powell Blvd

GPS Coordinates: 45.497353, -122.566423

SE Powell Blvd Station

GPS Coordinates: 45.495669, -122.566171

You pass a nice piece of art on the way into the parking lot!

If you like signals in your shots, they nicely provide one here for you at the north end of the NB platform.

SE Holgate Station

GPS Coordinates: 45.491101, -122.566274
Distance from here to the Powell station to the north is just a mere 1700 feet!

Steve Morgan photo

Over SE Harold St

GPS Coordinates: 45.482717, -122.566600

Lents Town Center / SE Foster Station

GPS Coordinates: 45.480387, -122.566822
South of here, the R-O-W crosses over three "things" in a nice change from just cruising along: A single span over two roads, a former railroad R-O-W, and a small creek before going into the Flavel station.  NOTE: Wikipedia was wrong, there is NO third track at this station! (till I corrected the entry)

Over Woodstock Blvd & Foster Rd

GPS Coordinates: 45.478931, -122.566984

Over Springwater Corridor Trail

GPS Coordinates: 45.472374, -122.566047

Over Johnson Creek

GPS Coordinates: 45.468668, -122.566325

SE Flavel St Station

GPS Coordinates: 45.467821, -122.566663

Over Crystal Springs Blvd & SE 92nd Ave

GPS Coordinates: 45.464860, -122.568802

Over Johnson Creek Blvd

GPS Coordinates: 45.456816, -122.574100

SE Fuller Rd Station

GPS Coordinates: 45.453311, -122.573626

photo Toyota97, 2015

Clackamas Town Center Transit Center Station

GPS Coordinates: 45.435725, -122.567769

The Oregonian


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Aerial shots were taken from either Google or Bing Maps as noted.  Screen captures are made with Snagit, a Techsmith product... a great tool if you have never used it! 

By the way, floobydust is a term I picked up 30-40 years ago from a National Semiconductor data book, and means miscellaneous and/or other stuff.

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