PSU South MAX Station

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PSU South
MAX Light Rail stations
PSU South - 6th & College MAX station, in Portland, Oregon.jpg
The northbound station (on 6th Avenue) in 2013
Station statistics
Address SW 6th & College (northbound)
SW 5th & Jackson (southbound)
Portland, Oregon
 United States
Coordinates 45°30′33″N 122°41′00″W / 45.50917°N 122.68333°W / 45.50917; -122.68333Coordinates: 45°30′33″N 122°41′00″W / 45.50917°N 122.68333°W / 45.50917; -122.68333
Tracks 1 per split
Other information
Opened September 2, 2012
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Owned by TriMet
Preceding station   TriMet logo simplified.svg MAX Light Rail   Following station
Terminus Green Line
One-way operation
Terminus Yellow Line
toward Expo Center
One-way operation

The PSU South/Southwest College Street and PSU South/Southwest Jackson Street stations are light rail stations on the MAX Green and Yellow Lines in Portland, Oregon.[1] Together, they serve as the southern passenger terminus—one for departures only and the other for arrivals only—of the Portland Transit Mall MAX line. The stations opened on September 2, 2012.[2]

Although MAX trains began operating regularly past the sites of these stations on August 30, 2009, construction of the stations had yet to begin, because TriMet, operator of the MAX system, was still working with Portland State University officials on finalizing plans to redevelop the block of property adjacent to (and between) the two station sites as transit-oriented development.[1] Those development plans were finalized in 2010,[3] and construction of a new 16-story residence hall on the block began in November 2010,[4] for opening in 2012. For the first three years of MAX service on the Portland Mall, from 2009 to 2012, the PSU Urban Center/Southwest 6th & Montgomery Street and PSU Urban Center/Southwest 5th & Mill Street stations temporarily served as the southern terminus (for passengers) of the Green and Yellow Lines.

The stations are built into the sidewalks of 5th and 6th Avenues, with the 5th Avenue platform being for southbound trains and the 6th Avenue platform for northbound trains. Each extends along the entire block face from Jackson Street to College Street, but their names refer only to the cross street located at the head end of a train stopping there. Passengers heading southbound are required to disembark at the PSU South/5th & Jackson station, from where trains then continue south to the turnaround loop located just beyond the station, where layover is taken. There are three loop tracks immediately south of Jackson Street that allow southbound trains access to 6th Avenue from 5th, similar to the three-track loop near the Library/Southwest 9th Avenue and Galleria/Southwest 10th Avenue stations. The stations are located on the campus of PSU.


  1. ^ a b Redden, Jim (September 24, 2009). "Line’s last piece stirs money questions". Portland Tribune. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  2. ^ Bailey Jr., Everton (August 30, 2012). "TriMet boosts most fares starting Saturday; some routes changing". The Oregonian. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  3. ^ Leeson, Fred (May 29, 2010). "PSU moving forward on new residence hall on Southwest Fifth Avenue". The Oregonian. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  4. ^ Worcester, Adam (May 25, 2012). "PSU’s University Pointe will house 980 students". Portland Business Journal. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 

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