TriMet’s A Better Red project reached a major milestone over the weekend as MAX Red Line services resumed between the Gateway Transit Center and Portland International Airport.
For four months, riders had to take shuttles between the two stations as crews worked to add a second, mile-long track running to and from the airport allowing inbound and outbound trains to pass each other without delay. TriMet also replaced the airport MAX station to accommodate the two parallel tracks.
The transit agency said this phase of the Better Red project took about 700,000 labor hours to finish. Additional phases will see the MAX Red Line extended west to serve 10 more stations in the Beaverton and Hillsboro areas. Work is expected to be completed in the summer of 2024.