Beaverton Transit Center

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Beaverton TC  
TriMet transit center
MAX platforms at Beaverton TC, February 2018.JPG
MAX Light Rail platform
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)
Platforms
Tracks4
Bus routes11
Bus operatorsTriMet
Construction
Structure typeAt-grade
Bicycle facilitiesBicycle racks and lockers
Disabled accessYes
History
OpenedSeptember 4, 1988 (1988-09-04)
Traffic
Passengers
  • 4,554 (light rail)[1]
  • 9,709 (total)[2]
  • weekday boardings (Fall 2018)
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

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 station serves as the 15th eastbound stop of the MAX Blue Line, the western terminus of the MAX Red Line, the northern terminus of the Westside Express Service (WES), and a hub for numerous bus routes serving the westside communities of the Portland metropolitan area. The station 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. It is the second-busiest light rail station in the MAX system after Gateway/Northeast 99th Avenue Transit Center, with 4,554 average daily passengers.

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 further north from its previous site, opened on September 4, 1988 for bus service. With the completion of the Westside MAX project, which extended light rail service from downtown Portland to Beaverton and Hillsboro, its light rail platforms opened on September 12, 1998. Initially served by just the Blue Line, Red Line service from Portland International Airport was extended to the transit center on September 1, 2003. The newest addition to Beaverton Transit Center is a commuter rail platform served by WES Commuter Rail, which opened on February 2, 2009.

History[edit]

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) to the south on Lombard Avenue and Broadway Street near Beaverton–Hillsdale Highway;[3][4] there were timed transfer connections among the several bus routes serving it.[5] It was one of two major transfer points in Beaverton, along with Cedar Hills Transit Center, introduced as part of TriMet's Westside Transit Plan. The $1.3 million plan, which consisted of new and modified bus routes between Washington County and downtown Portland, commenced service on June 17, 1979.[6]

A second plan, proposed that same year, initiated discussions of a busway or light rail line between downtown Portland and Beaverton, with potential extensions to Hillsboro and Tigard.[7] In preparation for what would become the Westide MAX project, city planners began considering the transit center's relocation in February 1982.[8] TriMet studied three site proposals, which included an expansion of the existing location on Lombard and Broadway streets, a triangle-shaped area occupied by existing establishments between Hall and Watson streets, and 4.8 acres (1.9 ha) of undeveloped land on Canyon Road and Hall Boulevard.[4] Planners selected the third option in September.[9][10]

Construction of the replacement station, initially targeted to begin in the summer of 1987, was delayed by the issuance of a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) permit, withheld after the discovery of an illegal land fill at the site. It was discovered that the property had previously been a wetland. Preliminary work finally started in October 1987, after the USACE deemed that "public interest" outweighed the environmental losses and issued the permit.[11][12] Urban Mass Transportation Administration funds covered 80 percent of its $2 million budget. Although the station was initially built as another bus-only transit center, plans reserved an area for future light rail platforms.[13] The second Beaverton Transit Center opened on September 4, 1988.[14]

In 1993, TriMet began construction of the Westside MAX extension, to connect the transit center to light rail.[15] During planning, Beaverton officials declined to build a park and ride facility near the transit center, stating that one of the light rail project's goals was to reduce auto congestion in central Beaverton.[16] Its MAX platforms opened on September 12, 1998, at the same time as most of the extension.[17] 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,[18] which introduced the Red Line to Portland International Airport.[19] 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.[20]

Proposals for connecting Beaverton and Wilsonville by commuter rail emerged in 1996.[21] The committee studying the rail plan studied two options for the line's northern terminus: Beaverton Transit Center and Merlo Road/Southwest 158th Avenue station.[22] A revised plan selected a shorter route to Beaverton Transit Center in 2000.[23] After several years of delays due to a lack of funding,[24] a platform for the WES Commuter Rail line was constructed at the southern end of the transit center.[25] Regular service on the WES line began on February 2, 2009.[26]

Station details[edit]

WES Commuter Rail platform
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
Eastbound Blue Line toward Cleveland Avenue (Sunset Transit Center)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Street level Bus bays, concession stand
Platform
level
Side platform, doors will open on the left or right
Southbound WES toward Wilsonville (Hall/Nimbus)

Beaverton Transit Center serves the central Beaverton area. The station is located north of Southwest Canyon Road and bounded by Southwest Lombard Avenue to the west and Beaverton Creek to the south.[27] It is connected by walkway to the Canyon Place Shopping Center.[28] A bus-only loop occupies the majority of the station; it contains nine bus bays. A structure at the loop's center houses a concession stand. The MAX station, designed by OTAK, Inc.,[29] is situated in the northwest. It 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 drop off area containing several parking spaces occupies the edge of the western MAX platform. The WES side platform sits on the southeastern edge of the station, which is served by a single-track railway. All platforms include ticket vending machines and passenger information displays.[30] The station has a 100-space secure bike parking facility operated by BikeLink.[31][32]

Public art[edit]

The MAX station's shelter features "whimsical photographic portraits of passengers" and images of local landmarks, 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 providing the students hands-on experience in designing and implementing a public art project.[33]

On the WES platform, an interactive sculpture created by Frank Boyden and Brad Rude, entitled The Interactivator, features movable bronze heads and a vehicle designed to represent the train and the variety of people who ride the line.[34][35]:25

Services[edit]

Buses lining the southeast side of the bus transit center
Northeast end of the bus portion, with one of several bus-stop shelters in the 1988-opened facility

Beaverton Transit Center is TriMet's busiest transit center with 9,709 total weekday boardings for all modes in September 2018.[2] It is currently the only transit center in the network served by both MAX Light Rail and WES Commuter Rail.[36]

Rail[edit]

Beaverton Transit Center is situated between Beaverton Central station and Sunset Transit Center and is served by the Blue Line and the Red Line of MAX Light Rail. The Blue Line connects the station westbound to downtown Hillsboro and eastbound through Portland to Gresham. It is the western terminus of the Red Line, which runs to Portland International Airport.[36] The MAX station recorded 4,554 average weekday boardings in fall 2018, the second busiest in the system.[1] Trains serve the station for approximately 22 hours from Monday to Thursday; they run slightly later on Fridays and Saturdays and end earlier on Sundays.[37][38] Headways measure from as little as five minutes during weekday rush hour up to 30 minutes in the early mornings and late evenings; the majority of trains run every fifteen minutes.[39]

The first train arrives eastbound at 3:28 am, operating as a Red Line service to Portland International Airport station. The first westbound train, which is served by the Blue Line and runs to Hatfield Government Center station, arrives at 5:19 am on weekdays, 5:50 am on Saturdays, and 6:48 am on Sundays. 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 train bound for the airport arrives at 10:51 pm. The last eastbound train is a Blue Line service, which arrives at 11:55 pm Monday–Thursday, 12:57 am on Fridays, 1:02 am on Saturdays, and 10:59 pm on Sundays. The last westbound train arrives at 1:27 am Monday–Thursday, 1:50 am on Fridays, 1:43 am on Saturdays, and 1:27 am on Sundays.[37][38]

Beaverton Transit Center is the northern terminus of WES Commuter Rail, which connects it to the cities of Tigard, Tualatin, and Wilsonville. The next station is Hall/Nimbus.[40] WES operates only on weekdays during the morning and evening commutes. Trains run approximately every 30 minutes from 5:58 am to 9:28 am, and again from 4:05 pm to 7:35 pm.[41]

Bus[edit]

The following TriMet bus lines currently serve the transit center:[30]

Former SMART service[edit]

In August 2013, Wilsonville's South Metro Area Regional Transit (SMART) began operation of its route 8X,[42] an express bus route connecting Beaverton Transit Center with SMART's Wilsonville Transit Center, but scheduled with only one trip per day in each direction, in the early morning and late evening.[43] In October 2014, the late-night route was changed to one going via downtown Portland to Beaverton Transit Center and numbered 9X.[44] The routes were intended to provide some service at times when the WES commuter rail line does not operate.[42] (During rush hours, WES connects the same two points; the SMART transit center is at WES's Wilsonville Station.) The service was discontinued in September 2016.[45]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "TriMet Transit Center Ridership - Fall 2018" (PDF). TriMet. Retrieved April 18, 2019.
  3. ^ Hortsch, Dan (December 17, 1978). "Timed transfers key to Tri-Met's Westside Transit Plan". The Oregonian. p. C5.
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  5. ^ Bodine, Harry (June 19, 1979). "Tri-Met west side transfers pass muster". The Oregonian. p. B4.
  6. ^ Mantia, Patty (June 3, 1979). "Tri-Met shuffles west side service". The Sunday Oregonian. p. C7.
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  12. ^ Olmos, Robert (October 30, 1987). "Tri-Met to go forward with two projects in Beaverton". The Oregonian. p. C10.
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  17. ^ Mapes, Jeff (September 13, 1998). "Gore walks tight line on Clinton". The Oregonian.
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  27. ^ "Stop ID 9821 – Beaverton TC MAX Station, Northbound". TriMet. Retrieved May 21, 2019.
  28. ^ "Canyon Place Shopping Center". Harsch Investment Properties. Retrieved May 21, 2019.
  29. ^ Colby, Richard N. (August 3, 1995). "Tracking art plans". The Oregonian. p. 1.
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  31. ^ "Bike & Rides". TriMet. Archived from the original on January 18, 2019. Retrieved January 18, 2019.
  32. ^ "Locations – BikeLink - On-Demand Bike Parking and Bike Sharing". eLock Technologies LLC. Retrieved January 18, 2019.
  33. ^ Banyas, Rebecca; Priester, Mary (1998). "Westside Light Rail Public Art Guide: A Guide to Integrated Artwork on Westside MAX" (PDF). TriMet. pp. 36–37. ISBN 0-9666762-0-3. Retrieved June 11, 2019.
  34. ^ "Public Art on Commuter Rail". TriMet. Archived from the original on September 17, 2008. Retrieved August 21, 2008.
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  41. ^ "WES Commuter Rail, Weekday to Wilsonville" (PDF). TriMet. Archived (PDF) from the original on June 10, 2019. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
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