Colorful Mural, Thorough Cleaning to Bring Fresh New Look to Washington Park MAX Station


Power-washing and installation of Washington Park-themed artwork caps off months-long renovation

The Washington Park MAX station is a rare gem and an engineering masterpiece. In the coming weeks, this iconic piece of TriMet’s light rail system will get a thorough cleaning, updated lighting and the addition of a colorful new mural highlighting Washington Park’s many attractions. The work marks the final phase in the station’s most thorough overhaul since opening in 1998.

Nestled 260 feet below ground, the Washington Park MAX station is the deepest transit station in North America (and among the deepest in the world). Its location, deep within Portland’s West Hills, keeps it a cool 50 degrees year-round. But perhaps what’s just as remarkable about this station is where it takes you. With MAX Blue and Red Line trains both serving Washington Park, it becomes a gateway to the Oregon Zoo, Hoyt Arboretum, the International Rose Test Garden and so much more.

What to expect

Preparations for cleaning the tunnel’s curved walls and ceiling will get underway the week of July 10, between 1:30 and 4:30 a.m. The eastbound tunnel will be power-washed on July 11, with the westbound tunnel following on July 12. The process will remove carbon dust build-up from nearly two decades of light rail operation.

The addition of colorful, Washington Park-themed vinyl wall graphics will begin on July 16. The artwork, constructed of highly durable vinyl, will cover the curved track way walls across from the platform. Installation is scheduled between 10:30 p.m. and 4:30 a.m. July 16-August 10.

Service impact

During this phase of the project, late night and early morning riders on MAX Blue and Red lines may experience minor delays. Two-way train service will be restricted to one tunnel, causing trains to stop briefly until the active tunnel is clear.

What else is new?

New LED lighting and graffiti-resistant improvements round out the Washington Park renovation project, which also included updates to the east (nearest the Oregon Zoo) and west (on the World Forestry Center side) lobbies.

Making transit better

This work is part of TriMet’s ongoing rehabilitation of our oldest MAX stations. We are currently wrapping up a full renovation of the Gresham City Hall Station and expect to start on the E 122nd Avenue station in the fall. These safety and security upgrade projects include shelter renovations, new TransitTracker monitors, improved lighting, new tactile warning strips on the edge of the platforms and more. TriMet thanks riders for their patience as we work to make their experience and our transit system better. Learn more about how we’re Making Transit Better.