Rail crossing improvements in Gresham to affect MAX service, auto traffic


Weekend work to disrupt service late August 17 through August 18

TriMet’s next MAX project will improve the rail crossing at the intersection of E 181st Avenue and E Burnside Street. The tracks have settled leading to a bumpy ride for both MAX passengers and autos going through the crossing. MAX service will be disrupted Friday night, Aug. 17 through Saturday, Aug. 18, as crews lift and repair the trackbed under the eastbound rails that cross 181st Avenue. Crews will also replace a switch machine near the Ruby Junction/E 197th Ave MAX Station at the same time. We recently performed the same type of switch upgrade on our MAX Red Line.

Plan ahead for service disruption

Unlike some other projects such as our Providence Park MAX Improvements last May, this work will have much less impact on service. While the work is being done, the MAX Blue Line will be disrupted between the E 172nd Station and the Cleveland Ave Station. Riders traveling both directions will use the eastbound platform at the E 172nd Station.

Shuttle buses will serve the following stations:

  • E 172nd Ave
  • E 181st Ave
  • Rockwood/E 188th Ave
  • Ruby Junction/E 197th Ave
  • Civic Dr
  • Gresham City Hall
  • Gresham Transit Center
  • Cleveland Ave

Plan an extra 15 minutes for trips. Be sure to check trimet.org/alerts before traveling. Trains will resume regular service through the area at the start of service Sunday morning, August 19.

For information and help around the disruption contact TriMet’s Rider Support team seven days a week between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Call  503-238-RIDE (7433), go online to trimet.org/contact or reach out to @trimethelp on Twitter.

Traffic adjustments

While we’re working to improve the tracks, traffic on both E Burnside Street and E 181st Avenue will be reduced to one lane in each direction. Left turns will be prohibited.

We thank riders and motorists in advance for your patience while we complete this important work.

About MAX Blue Line

TriMet’s MAX Blue Line is the oldest and longest light rail line in our system. It opened for service between Gresham and Downtown Portland in 1986. Today, it connects Gresham, Portland, Beaverton and Hillsboro, with 51 stations on nearly 33 miles of track. The MAX Blue Line carried an average of 55,360 riders on weekdays in May 2018.


Making transit better

TriMet is committed to making transit better. We are working to improve the overall rider experience. Ongoing upgrades to vehicles, stations and tracks like those at the E 181st Ave crossing are helping to improve reliability and make the ride more comfortable. We’re also adding more service on existing bus lines for less waiting at stops and less crowding on board, and adding new service for connections to jobs, school and other community services.