Sunset Transit Center MAX Station re-opens early


Platform construction completed two days ahead of schedule

TriMet’s Sunset Transit Center MAX Station will reopen Wednesday morning, Sept. 17, two days ahead of schedule. Construction on a platform improvement project had shut down both platforms since Wednesday, Sept. 3, but the contractor was able to finish up this stage of work quicker than planned. Riders will experience a smoother surface and

Sunset Transit Center construction wraps up two days early

Sunset Transit Center construction wraps up two days early

a new type of tactile strip to warn them when they are walking too close to the edge of the platform. They will also see the foundation for equipment for TriMet’s future electronic fare system.

Access to both the eastbound and westbound MAX platforms via stairs and elevators will return to normal at the west end of the station. However, the east stairs will remain closed for the last phase of the improvement project.

Multi-phased improvement project replaces platforms

The multi-phased project began on July 2. To minimize impacts on our riders, phase one work was done on the back half of the east and westbound platforms. Crews worked in the overnight hours to saw cut and remove portions of the existing platforms.

During phase two – the phase that required the closure of the platforms – TriMet and the general contractor, Brown Contracting, Inc., removed the remaining sections of the platforms, and poured new foundations and cast-in-place platforms and tactile edges.

The station opened in 1998 and needed essential updates including replacing the platforms. Water drainage issues washed away grout that secured the platform tiles to the platform, leading to cracks and loose tiles. The new platform is made using materials that will be more durable. Crews also made adjustments to the grade. The total project cost is $1.7 million.

Phase three: September 17–October 31, 2014
Crews will be cutting architectural score joints, installing payphones and wrapping up other punch list items.

  • All MAX and bus service will be maintained during this last phase.
  • Access to the platforms will be maintained via the stairs and elevators on the west end of the platforms.
  • The stairs on the east end will be closed.

Improving the ride

We know our riders want more and better service. That’s why, over the next few years, we’re working to grow our network of buses and trains—while improving the overall rider experience. New transit projects, such as the Portland-Milwaukie MAX Line opening in 2015, will provide commuters a much-needed alternative to sitting in traffic. Meanwhile, ongoing upgrades to vehicles, stations and tracks are helping to improve reliability and make your ride more comfortable. We’re gradually bringing service frequency back up to pre-recession levels, which means less waiting and less crowding on board buses and trains. And, we’re improving our trip tools so you have access to service information when and where you need it, along with convenient ways to pay your fare.