In General

Location / Name:
Hillsboro to Beaverton OR,
Multnomah County

What's Here:
TriMet MAX Light Rail

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

Access by train/transit:
TriMet MAX Light Rail
Westside Express Service/Beaverton (Commuter Rail/during the rush hours only)
Portland Streetcar (downtown)
Amtrak (downtown)

The Scoop:

The Red and Blue lines of TriMet's expansive light rail system, continue from the downtown area of Portland, into the western suburbs of Beaverton and Hillsboro via the Robertson Tunnel, the deepest transit tunnel in the United States!

The Red Line ends in Beaverton, where the two light rail lines connect to the Westside Express Service Commuter Rail Line.  The WES takes you south to Wilsonville.

The Blue Line in Elmonica also has the second of two maintenance facilities on the light rail system.

Service from the end of the line in Hillsboro to downtown takes about 55 minutes or so.

Bruce Fingerhood
Darrell Clarke
Aiko Kenobi
Jeremiah Cox, aka, the SubwayNut
Denver Todd
Google Maps
Bing Maps
Open Railway Maps

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



Hatfield Government Center Station / Hillsboro


New track, switches, and signaling was installed over a two month period in 2018.

Bruce Fingerhood/Wikipedia

Darrell Clarke, 2008

Darrell Clarke, 2008

Darrell Clarke, 2008

A century ago, this is what transit in Hillsboro looked like.

Aiko Kenobi via Pinterest

Hillsboro Central / SE 3rd Ave Station

Truality Hospital / SE 8th Ave Station

End of Street Running

Light Rail runs in the middle of Washington Street from the Hatfield Government Center station in Hillsboro to 10th Ave.

Washington / SE 12th Ave Station

Fair Complex / Hillsboro Airport Station

Just west of the station is a pocket track...

The Hillsboro Airport

Hawthorn Farm Station

Orenco / NW 231st Ave Station

Darrell Clarke, 2008

Quatama / NW 205th Ave Station

Willow Creek / SW 185th Ave Station

Elmonica / SW 170th Ave Station

The Shops at Elmonica

Merlo Rd / SW 158th Ave Station

St Marys Junction

GPS Coordinates: 45.503405, -122.838938 (roughly)
Access to the location can be had via the trail that runs alongside the tracks.
If you park over at the Merlo station, it is a short walk.  It's a shorter walk from 153rd, but not sure if there is a convenient place to park.
Looks like a good spot for pictures.

Beaverton Creek Station

GPS Coordinates: 45.500384, -122.833022

Millikan Way Station

GPS Coordinates: 45.495248, -122.821491
Must be a popular station, as there are four parking lots!

Beaverton Central Station

GPS Coordinates: 45.490479, -122.807060

Beaverton Transit Center Station


GPS Coordinates: 45.491439, -122.801530
Beaverton TC is where you interchange between the Westside Express trains, and the MAX Light Rail.
The light rail station has a pocket track, and is located in the middle of an "S" curve.
WES trains are inbound (into Beaverton) during the morning rush hour, and outbound during the evening rush hour.
Between here and Sunset, the tracks turn northward and follow 217 before going under US26 in a horseshoe type curve to get into the Sunset station.

Darrell Clarke, 2008


Sunset Station


GPS Coordinates: 45.510245, -122.781047
This is the last station (east bound) before entering the 3 mile long Robertson Tunnel under the West Hills on the way into downtown Portland.


Jeremiah Cox

Looks like a good spot for pictures if you can time it right, from the yellow "X" in the aerial shot above.

Overpass over Baltic Ave, at the green "X" above...

Washington Park Station

GPS Coordinates: not provided, were inside the earth.
Here we are, 260 feet down in the Robertson Tunnel, the deepest transit station in the United States.



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New 09/02/2013
last Modified: 16 Aug 2020