Todd's Transit Guide to
TriMet MAX Light Rail
the Red Line
Gateway to the Airport


In General

Location / Name:
Portlan OR, Multnomah County

What's Here:
TriMet Light Rail, the Red Line

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

Access by train/transit:
TriMet Light Rail
Amtrak (in downtown Portland)
Portland Streetcar (in downtown Portland)

The Scoop:


M.O. Stevens
Michael Barera
Denver Todd
Google Maps
Bing Maps

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

Getting Here

Getting to G


Station by Station

Gateway / NE 99th TC Station

GPS Coordinates: 45.530592, -122.563583
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.

photo by Pi.1415926535, 2018, via Wikipedia

This is the Red Line loop coming south out of the Gateway station and then crossing the NB 205 exit ramps, so the line can head north to the airport.  The LRV off to the right is a Blue or Green Line train.

Into the Middle

About 4,000 feet north of Gateway, or 1.08 miles by way of the track, the Red Line goes under the northbound side I-205 to run up the middle of the interstate.  The line is in the middle of I-205 for about a 1.89 mile run (by using Google Maps to measure).

Parkrose / Sumner TC Station

GPS Coordinates: 45.559056, -122.565586
There is a Quailty Inn, Econolodge, and Rodeway Inn adjacent to the station, as well as a number of places to eat.  You're about 2-1/2 air miles from the airport, and 3-1/2 by road.

Cascades Station

GPS Coordinates: 45.572237, -122.558014
You have a Hyatt and another hotel close to this station, and at least 5 restaurants including Chipotle and Famous Dave's.

photo by M.O. Stevens via Wikipedia, 2011

Mt Hood Station

GPS Coordinates: 45.577121, -122.567171
The station is actually about 40 miles from Mt Hood!  A Residence Inn, Target, the FBI, and an Embassy Suites is near this station.

photo by M.O. Stevens via Wikipedia, 2011

Portland Airport Station

GPS Coordinates: 45.587504, -122.593036

photo by M.O. Stevens via Wikipedia, 2011

photo by Michael Barera


I love trains, and I love signals.  I am not an expert.  My webpages reflect what I find on the topic of the page.  This is something I have fun with while trying to help others.

Please Note:  Since the main focus of my two websites is railroad signals, the railfan guides are oriented towards the signal fan being able to locate them.  For those of you into the modeling aspect of our hobby, my indexa page has a list of almost everything railroad oriented I can think of to provide you with at least a few pictures to help you detail your pike.

If this is a railfan page, every effort has been made to make sure that the information contained on this map and in this railfan guide is correct.  Once in a while, an error may creep in :-)

My philosophy: Pictures and maps are worth a thousand words, especially for railfanning.  Text descriptions only get you so far, especially if you get lost or disoriented.  Take along good maps.... a GPS is OK to get somewhere, but maps are still better if you get lost!  I belong to AAA, which allows you to get local maps for free when you visit the local branches.  ADC puts out a nice series of county maps for the Washington DC area, but their state maps do not have the railroads on them.  If you can find em, I like the National Geographic map book of the U.S..... good, clear, and concise graphics, and they do a really good job of showing you where tourist type attractions are, although they too lack the railroads.  Other notes about specific areas will show up on that page if known.

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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