How MAX Moves Downtown

How MAX Moves Downtown

Have you ever stopped to marvel at the complicated dance that is Downtown Portland? In a relatively small amount of space, we have light rail, streetcars, buses, cars, bikes, scooters, pedestrians and more. And yet, everything moves remarkably smoothly (albeit never...
Why Did My Bus Pass Me By?

Why Did My Bus Pass Me By?

We’ve all been there. You’re waiting at the stop and see your bus coming down the road. It’s getting closer, closer…wait, it’s not slowing down? Oh no, it’s not stopping! ARGH!   This experience can leave you feeling like Charlie Brown as the football gets...
Why Does a New MAX Line Take So Long to Plan?

Why Does a New MAX Line Take So Long to Plan?

We started talking about it a decade ago, but the new light rail line is still almost 10 years away. Why? Portland’s first light rail, the Blue Line, began service between Downtown Portland and Gresham in ‘86. Since then we’ve continued to grow, and now the...
A Spring Break from Screens: 21 Kid-Friendly Ideas Around Portland

A Spring Break from Screens: 21 Kid-Friendly Ideas Around Portland

Spring has enthusiastically sprung, and now your kids are out of school for an entire week.  If cabin fever is setting in early, or you need to peel your kids away from their devices, here are 21 local adventures sure to keep them entertained. Since nobody — kids...
A New Spin on an Old Idea is Coming to Tilikum Crossing

A New Spin on an Old Idea is Coming to Tilikum Crossing

You might have to look closely to see them, but The Bridge of the People is getting some new additions this spring. Twelve vertical axis wind turbines, the first of their kind for any US public transit system, will be installed at the ends of Tilikum Crossing....

Watch: What happens behind the scenes during a MAX disruption?

What’s happening on the ground when MAX stops running and our construction crews descend on a section of track? Lots, it turns out. Let’s look at one stretch of tracks between SW Adams and S 1st during our recent Hillsboro MAX improvement project. In the...