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Beaverton TC  
TriMet transit center
refer to caption
TriMet buses lining the southeast side with the transit center's main structure in the background
Location4050 SW Lombard Avenue
Beaverton, Oregon, U.S.
Coordinates45°29′28″N 122°48′04″W / 45.49111°N 122.80111°W / 45.49111; -122.80111Coordinates: 45°29′28″N 122°48′04″W / 45.49111°N 122.80111°W / 45.49111; -122.80111
Owned byTriMet
Line(s)
  • Blue Line
  • Red Line
  •   Westside Express Service
Platforms
Tracks4
Bus routes10
Bus operatorsTriMet
Construction
Structure typeAt-grade
Bicycle facilitiesBike and ride, racks, and lockers[1]
Disabled accessYes
History
OpenedSeptember 4, 1988 (1988-09-04) (second facility)
Passengers
Fall 2018
  • 4,554 (light rail)[2]
  • 9,709 (total)[3]
  • weekday boardings
Services
Preceding station   TriMet icon.svg MAX Light Rail   Following station
Blue Line
toward Cleveland
TerminusRed Line
TriMet icon.svg WES Commuter Rail
toward Wilsonville
Commuter RailTerminus
Location

Beaverton Transit Center is a transport hub located in Beaverton, Oregon, United States. Owned and operated by TriMet, it is a bus, commuter rail, and light rail station. The transit center is MAX Light Rail's 14th eastbound station on the Blue Line and western terminus on the Red Line. It is also the northern terminus of WES Commuter Rail and a hub for bus routes mostly serving the westside communities of the Portland metropolitan area. Beaverton Transit Center is situated north of Southwest Canyon Road on Southwest Lombard Avenue in central Beaverton, connected by walkway to Canyon Place Shopping Center. It recorded 9,709 average weekday boardings for all modes in fall 2018, making it TriMet's busiest transit center.

The first Beaverton Transit Center, which was one of two transit centers built in Beaverton as part of TriMet's Westside Transit Plan, opened near Beaverton–Hillsdale Highway in 1979. The second and current facility, relocated farther north from its previous site, opened on September 4, 1988, for bus service. The Westside MAX Project, which extended light rail service from downtown Portland to Beaverton and Hillsboro, added light rail platforms in 1998. Initially served only by the Blue Line, Red Line service from Portland International Airport was extended to the transit center in 2003. WES began serving Beaverton Transit Center in 2009.

History[edit]

Four buses are parked at the first Beaverton Transit Center as passngers board them
Buses at the first Beaverton Transit Center in 1988

The first Beaverton Transit Center opened at a different location from the current facility, about 1,100 feet (340 m) farther south on Lombard Avenue and Broadway Street near Beaverton–Hillsdale Highway;[4][5] there were timed transfer connections among the several bus routes serving it.[6] It was one of two major transfer points in Beaverton introduced as part of TriMet's Westside Transit Plan along with Cedar Hills Transit Center. The $1.3 million plan, which consisted of new and modified bus routes within the Portland metropolitan area's westside suburbs in Washington County and between those areas and downtown Portland, commenced service on June 17, 1979.[7]

A new plan surfaced that same year amid discussions of building a busway or light rail line between Portland and the west side.[8] In preparation for what would become the Westside MAX extension, which would extend the Metropolitan Area Express (MAX) from downtown Portland to Beaverton and Hillsboro, Beaverton city planners began considering the transit center's relocation in February 1982.[9] TriMet studied three site proposals, which included an expansion of the existing location on Lombard Avenue and Broadway Street, a triangular area occupied by existing establishments between Hall Boulevard and Watson Avenue, and 4.8 acres (1.9 ha) of undeveloped land on Canyon Road and Hall Boulevard.[5] Planners selected the third option the following September.[10][11]

TriMet had targeted beginning construction of the replacement facility by the summer of 1987, but the discovery of an illegal land fill at the site, which revealed that the property had originally been a wetland, prevented the issuance of a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) permit. Preliminary work finally started in October of that year after the USACE deemed that "public interest" outweighed the environmental losses caused by the land fill and issued the permit.[12][13] Urban Mass Transportation Administration funds covered 80 percent of the project's $2 million budget, and the second Beaverton Transit Center opened on September 4, 1988.[14] It was initially built as another bus-only transit center, but plans reserved an area on the north side of the property for future light rail platforms.[15]

In 1993, TriMet began construction of the Westside MAX extension.[16] During planning, Beaverton officials declined to build a park and ride near the transit center, stating that one of the goals of the light rail project was to reduce auto congestion in central Beaverton.[17] The transit center's MAX platforms opened on September 12, 1998, at the same time as most of the extension.[18] Between 1998 and 2001, TriMet operated only one MAX service, which ran the entire length of existing tracks from Hillsboro through downtown Portland to Gresham. That service was renamed the Blue Line in 2001 following the completion of the Airport MAX project,[19] which introduced the Red Line to Portland International Airport.[20] Originally, westbound Red Line trains only ran up to the Library and Galleria stations in downtown Portland, where they turned around at the 11th Avenue loop tracks. On September 1, 2003, TriMet extended Red Line service up to Beaverton Transit Center, its present western terminus.[21]

Proposals for connecting Beaverton and Wilsonville by commuter rail emerged in 1996.[22] The committee studying the rail plan examined two options for the line's northern terminus: Beaverton Transit Center and Merlo Road/Southwest 158th Avenue station.[23] A revised plan selected a shorter route to Beaverton Transit Center in 2000.[24] After several years of delays due to a lack of funding,[25] a platform for the WES Commuter Rail line began construction at the southern end of the transit center in 2006.[26] Regular service on the WES line commenced on February 2, 2009.[27]

In March 2011, TriMet began construction of one of two bike-and-ride facilities at Beaverton Transit Center (the other at Gresham Central Transit Center), its second after the first facility built at Sunset Transit Center.[28] The Beaverton Transit Center bike and ride opened the following July with 100 spaces for bicycles, at the time the largest in the TriMet system and the Pacific Northwest.[29]

Station details[edit]

Platform
level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Westbound Blue Line toward Hatfield Government Center (Beaverton Central)
Eastbound Red Line toward Portland International Airport (Sunset Transit Center)
Island platform, doors will open on the left or right
Eastbound Blue Line toward Cleveland Avenue (Sunset Transit Center)
Side platform, doors will open on the left
Street level Bus bays, concession stand
Platform
level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Southbound WES toward Wilsonville (Hall/Nimbus)
Photograph showing the WES Commuter Rail platform with tracks on the right and several buses on the at a platform on the left
WES Commuter Rail platform

Beaverton Transit Center serves the central Beaverton area. It is located north of Southwest Canyon Road, bounded by Southwest Lombard Avenue to the west and Beaverton Creek to the south.[30] It is connected by walkway to Canyon Place Shopping Center to the east.[31] A bus-only loop containing nine bus bays occupies a majority of the transit center. A structure at the center of the loop houses a concession stand. The MAX stop, designed by OTAK, Inc.,[32] is situated in the northwest. This stop consists of two side platforms and one island platform, served by three tracks. The outer tracks are used by the Blue Line, while the middle track is used by the Red Line. A 15-minute pick-up and drop-off area containing several parking spaces sits adjacent to the western MAX platform. The WES platform occupies the southeastern edge of the transit center, accompanied by a single-track railway and a buffer stop to mark the end of the line. All of Beaverton Transit Center's rail platforms feature ticket vending machines and passenger information displays.[33] As of October 2020, the transit center has a total of 136 bicycle parking spaces of which 76 are inside a secure bike and ride.[1][34]

Public art[edit]

The MAX station's original shelter featured "whimsical photographic portraits of passengers" and images of local landmarks. These photos were captured by students Katie O'Malley and Petra Prostrednik of Beaverton's Arts and Communications High School. They were led by design team artist Richard Turner and photographer Barbara Turner, who came up with the project as a way of giving the students hands-on experience in designing and implementing a public art project.[35]: 36  In 1994, artist Christopher Rauschenberg photographed the station's site prior to the start of construction. This image was etched onto the station's windscreen. It is described as a way to "document the past as the areas change and grow and [to] offer a comparison with the landscape of the future".[35]: 34  An interactive sculpture created by Frank Boyden and Brad Rude, entitled The Interactivator, sits on the WES platform.[36] It features 16 movable bronze heads and a vehicle mounted on a stainless steel table.[37]: 30  Designed to represent the train and the variety of people who ride the line, the sculptures serve as a "metaphor for the human experience".[36]

Services[edit]

People waiting on a light rail platform
MAX Light Rail platforms

Beaverton Transit Center is TriMet's busiest transit center with 9,709 total weekday boardings for all modes in September 2018.[3] It is currently the only transit center in the network served by both MAX and WES.[38]

Rail[edit]

On MAX, Beaverton Transit Center is situated between Beaverton Central station and Sunset Transit Center and serves as the 14th eastbound station on the Blue Line and the western terminus of the Red Line. The Blue Line connects the transit center westbound to Hatfield Government Center station in downtown Hillsboro and eastbound through Portland to Cleveland Avenue station in Gresham. The Red Line runs from Beaverton through Portland to Portland International Airport station.[38] The MAX station recorded 4,554 average weekday boardings in fall 2018, the second-busiest in the system after Gateway/Northeast 99th Avenue Transit Center.[2] MAX trains serve the transit center for approximately 22 hours from Monday to Thursday; they run slightly later on Fridays and Saturdays and end earlier on Sundays.[39][40] Headways measure from as little as five minutes during weekday rush hour up to 30 minutes in the early mornings and late evenings. For most of the day, service runs every fifteen minutes.[41] MAX trains take approximately 25 minutes to reach Pioneer Square in downtown Portland, 30 minutes to downtown Hillsboro, 65 minutes to Portland International Airport, and 75 minutes to Gresham. The last eastbound and westbound trains are Blue Line services.[39][40]

Beaverton Transit Center is the northern terminus of WES, which connects Beaverton to Tigard, Tualatin, and Wilsonville. The next station southbound is Hall/Nimbus, which is also located in Beaverton.[42] WES operates only on weekdays during the morning and evening rush hour commutes. WES trains run approximately every 30 minutes during service hours.[43]

Bus[edit]

Photograph showing a bus-stop shelter with a woman reading a schedule on its left and a bus parked at the platform on its right
Northeast end of the bus section of the transit center with one of several bus-stop shelters in the 1988-opened facility

A majority of the bus routes serving Beaverton Transit Center serve the westside communities of Washington County and downtown Portland. An exception to this is route 20–Burnside/Stark, which runs east across the Willamette River to Gresham. As of March 2020,[44] the following TriMet bus lines serve the transit center:[33]

  • 20–Burnside/Stark
  • 52–Farmington/185th
  • 53–Arctic/Allen
  • 54–Beaverton–Hillsdale Hwy
  • 57–TV Hwy/Forest Grove
  • 58–Canyon Rd
  • 61–Marquam Hill/Beaverton
  • 76–Hall/Greenburg
  • 78–Denney/Kerr Pkwy
  • 88–Hart/198th

Former SMART service[edit]

In August 2013, Wilsonville's South Metro Area Regional Transit (SMART) began operation of its route 8X,[45] an express bus route connecting Beaverton Transit Center with SMART's Wilsonville Transit Center with only one scheduled trip per day in each direction, in the early morning and late evening.[46] In October 2014, the late-night route was changed to one going via downtown Portland to Beaverton Transit Center and numbered 9X.[47] These routes were intended to provide some service at times when WES was not operating (during rush hours, WES connects the same two points; the SMART transit center is at WES's Wilsonville station).[45] The service was discontinued in September 2016.[48]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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