Civic Drive MAX Station

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Civic Drive
MAX Light Rail Station
Civic Drive MAX station - Gresham, Oregon.jpg
Civic Drive station in 2011
Location 1413 NW Civic Drive
Gresham, Oregon
Coordinates 45°30′29″N 122°26′30″W / 45.508118°N 122.441555°W / 45.508118; -122.441555Coordinates: 45°30′29″N 122°26′30″W / 45.508118°N 122.441555°W / 45.508118; -122.441555
Owned by TriMet
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Parking none
Disabled access Yes
Opened December 2010
Preceding station   TriMet icon.svg MAX Light Rail   Following station
Blue Line

The Civic Drive station is a MAX light rail station in Gresham, Oregon, on the Blue Line and is the 23rd stop eastbound on the current Eastside MAX Branch. The station opened on December 1, 2010.[1]

The foundations for the station's platforms were laid in 1996, as part of a planned Gresham Civic neighborhood development[2][3] included in a 1993 Downtown Gresham Plan.[4] Due to a lack of finance and slower-than-expected development of the surrounding property, TriMet decided not to finish the station at that time. Its completion was postponed indefinitely,[5] and the foundations were fenced off for safety reasons.

A March 2009 TriMet report included plans to resume construction of the station in summer 2009, for opening in fall 2010.[6] Groundbreaking for the station occurred in May 2010;[7] the total cost for the station is $3 million, including a $1.76 million construction budget.[8]

The station was located in TriMet fare zone 3 from its opening in 2010 until September 2012, at which time TriMet discontinued all use of zones in its fare structure.[9]

Comparison to Cascades station[edit]

Civic Drive Iris by Portland artist Pete Beeman

The situation was somewhat similar to that of the Cascades MAX station, on the Red Line, which was also built to serve a planned transit-oriented development, in 2001, but was then mothballed when the predicted development of the area did not materialize,[10] and the Cascades MAX station did not finally open until late 2006. However, that station was fully completed in 2001 except for the fitting of ticket vending machines and glass in the frames of the shelters, whereas much less work was undertaken at Civic Drive station before being halted in 1998. Some development around this station site has taken place subsequently and includes stores, offices and residences.


  1. ^ Rose, Joseph (December 1, 2010). "TriMet trains start picking up riders at Gresham's Civic Drive Station". The Oregonian. Retrieved May 9, 2013. 
  2. ^ Oliver, Gordon; and Briggs, Kara (July 14, 1995). "Metro panel backs Winmar but not station". The Oregonian.
  3. ^ Briggs, Kara (May 15, 1996). "Winmar prepares to start project". The Oregonian.
  4. ^ "Metro seeks development proposals for future Gresham MAX station property". Portland Business Journal. June 6, 2006. Retrieved 2010-05-28. 
  5. ^ "Developer plans apartments in Civic Neighborhood area" (September 1, 1997). The Oregonian.
  6. ^ "Eastside Revitalization Report" (PDF). TriMet. March 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-17. 
  7. ^ "No. 85! TriMet breaks ground on new MAX station". Press release. TriMet. May 17, 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-28. 
  8. ^ Carinci, Justin (May 17, 2010). "Work begins on Gresham MAX station". Daily Journal of Commerce. Retrieved 2010-05-28. 
  9. ^ Bailey Jr., Everton (August 30, 2012). "TriMet boosts most fares starting Saturday; some routes changing". The Oregonian. Retrieved December 9, 2012. 
  10. ^ Culverwell, Wendy (August 17, 2007). "Busy Cascade Station awaits flow of retailers". Portland Business Journal. Retrieved 2009-08-17. 

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