In General

Location / Name:
Portland OR, Multnomah County

What's Here:
TriMet MAX Light Rail, Yellow Line
The Red, Blue, Green lines can be caught at the Rose Quarter station
Paul Bunyan Statue

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

Access by train/transit:
TriMet Light Rail
Amtrak (across the river in downtown)
Portland Streetcar (6 block walk from the Interstate/Rose Quarter station, or in downtown)

The Scoop:

The Yellow Line is the only one of the four lines crossing the Willamette using the Steel Bridge, to not go thru the Rose Quarter Transit Center Station, instead, it hangs a left at the wye, and has it's own stop for the Rose Quarter on North Interstate Ave.

David Wilson
Denver Todd

Websites and other additional information sources of interest for the area:
None for now.....

Getting Here

Interstate 5 makes it very easy to gain access to the Yellow Line since the two parallel each other.

Exits 302A,

Exit 303 for Going St, close to the N Prescott Street station,

Exit 304 for Rosa Parks Way and that station,

Exit 305 (NB only) for N Lombard St and the station,

Exit 306A (again, NB only) for Columbia Blvd, puts you near the Kenton / N Denver St station,

Exit 306 and 306B for the Delta Park / Vanport station, and,

Exit 307 for the Expo Center.


Station by Station

the Steel Bridge

GPS Coordinates: 45.527562, -122.669157

Interstate / Rose Quarter Station

GPS Coordinates: 45.330187, -122.667828

Looking towards the station from the double tracked wye...

Interesting station art, so I had to catch a shot of them....

Albina / Mississippi Station

GPS Coordinates: 45.539559, -122.675514

UP's Albina Yard

Just north of the Albina station, at Russell St, you pass by Union Pacific's Albina Yard, and have the chance to catch some action if you are lucky.  The 405's Freemont Bridge over the Willamette provides a nice backdrop for your pictures.  You can always get off at the Albina station and walk closer for better pictures.

Overlook Park Station

GPS Coordinates: 45.548286, -122.681015

N Prescott Station

GPS Coordinates: 45.555193, -122.682292

N Killingsworth Station

GPS Coordinates: 45.562692, -122.682246

Rosa Parks Station

GPS Coordinates: 45.569934, -122.682160
The name of the station was changed in 2009, after the city renamed the street from Portland Blvd to Rosa Parks Way in 2006.

N Lombard Transit Center Station

GPS Coordinates: 45.577124, -122.682099 (tracks crossing Lombard)
This station has the NB station on the north side of Lombard, and the SB platform on the south side.

Kenton / N Denver Station

GPS Coordinates: 45.583838, -122.685858

Just to the south of the station, the tracks leave the middle of Interstate Ave, and now run off to the east side of the street.

Across the street from the station is this 31 foot tall statue of Paul Bunyan, erected in 1959!

Up and Over the UP and the Columbia Slough

NB signals at the entrance to the causeway/overpass/bridge

From Columbia Blvd

UP signals along Columbia Blvd

Delta Park / Vanport Station

GPS Coordinates: 45.596120, -122.685685
Looks like we have a lot going on here at this station: The Portland Model Rocket Park, the Portland International Raceway, Winter Wonderland Portland, Historic Vanport, and we're also on the edge of a golf course.

Just south of the station, the elevated section crosses Interstate Ave, and hits the ground just before the station.

Expo Center Station

GPS Coordinates: 45.605465, -122.685630

David Wilson, 2004


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