Bright new look, energy-efficient upgrades make Washington Park MAX Station more inviting than ever


$2.1 million renovation transforms Washington Park MAX Station for the next generation of riders

TriMet has completed a $2.1 million renovation of the Washington Park MAX Station, featuring park-themed art, graffiti-resistant wall coatings, LED lighting and elevator lobby upgrades. The work was performed as part of TriMet’s Making Transit Better initiative and brought the first physical upgrades to the Washington Park MAX Station since it opened in 1998.

Located within Portland’s West Hills, the Washington Park MAX station acts as a gateway to Washington Park and popular regional attractions including Hoyt Arboretum, the International Rose Test Garden, The Oregon Zoo, Portland Children’s Museum, Portland Japanese Garden and the World Forestry Center. Both the MAX Blue and Red Lines serve the station. More than 750,000 trips start or end there each year.

Washington Park-themed murals

One of the most striking changes riders will notice at the station are the colorful vinyl murals that now line the curved trackway walls of the Robertson Tunnel. Each mural is 200-feet long. Inspired by Washington Park’s natural beauty and abundance of activities, the murals include depictions of roses, zoo animals and children at play. They were designed with “Sunrise” and “Sunset” themes, to integrate with the station’s original artwork.

Energy-efficient LED lighting

The renovation also features new LED lighting that brightens and brings a sense of warmth and style to the entire station. LEDs use one-sixth of the electricity and last 3.5 times as long as metal halide bulbs. The bulbs used at Washington Park are engineered to last up to 20 years.

And there’s more!

Additional improvements include updates and graffiti-resistant improvements to the east (nearest the Oregon Zoo) and west (on the World Forestry Center side) station elevator lobbies. By using materials like granite and ceramic tile, TriMet reduced the cost and time of maintenance, while extending the life of the station.

Take MAX to ZooLights

During the holiday season, taking MAX to the spectacular ZooLights display saves time and money! The Oregon Zoo offers a discount of up to $5 on admission with proof of transit use. Plus, visitors who choose MAX avoid the frustration and hassle of parking. ZooLights runs through Sunday, January 7, 2018 with holiday closures December 24 & 25 and January 1 – 4.

Know before you go

  • MAX Blue and Red lines serve the Washington Park station (Plan your trip)
  • Strollers are welcome onboard TriMet buses and MAX trains but may need to be folded for safety.
  • Children under age seven ride TriMet for free and discounted Youth fare is available for those aged 7 – 17.
  • Honored Citizen fare is available (with proof of eligibility) for riders 65+, Medicare recipients and people with disabilities.
  • Using Hop Fastpass™? Remember to tap the reader at park-level before taking the elevator to the Washington Park MAX Station platforms. There are no Hop readers on the platforms.

Making Transit Better

We’d like to thank our riders for the patience as we work to make their experience and our transit system better. Work is currently underway to renovate the MAX Blue Line E 122nd Avenue Station. Learn more at