|WES commuter rail station|
Platform prior to opening in 2009
|Location||8505 Southwest Cascade Avenue
|Platforms||1 side platform|
|Connections||TriMet bus lines 76 and 78|
|Structure type||At grade|
|Parking||Park & Ride: 50 spaces|
Hall/Nimbus Station is a train and bus station on the Westside Express Service (WES) commuter rail line in Beaverton, Oregon, United States. The station is the second southbound stop of the five station, 14.7-mile (23.7 km) line that runs from Beaverton in the north to Wilsonville on the south in the Portland metropolitan area. At the northern terminus at the Beaverton Transit Center, passengers can connect to MAX Light Rail. Opened in January 2009, the TriMet-owned station includes a 50-car park-and-ride lot and is located near Washington Square along Oregon Route 217.
Plans for a commuter rail line running between Beaverton and Wilsonville began as early as 1996. The Federal Transit Administration authorized the project in 2001, and in 2004 they approved the rail line’s construction. Construction on the overall project began in October 2006. Construction on the Hall/Nimbus Station began in 2008, and it was the last station to be built. On September 3, 2008, the public artwork was installed at the still-under-construction station. Originally scheduled to open in the fall of 2008, the line opened in January 2009.
Hall/Nimbus Station is one of five on the 14.7-mile (23.7 km) rail line that utilizes Portland and Western Railroad’s freight rail line. WES operates only during the morning and evening commute times from Monday through Friday. This station, located in Beaverton near the Nimbus Corporate Center and the Washington Square mall, and just to the west of Oregon Highway 217, is the second southbound stop. It has 50 parking spaces at its park-and-ride lot, as well as connections to two TriMet bus lines: 76 and 78. For bicyclists, the stop has 10 lockers and 16 rack spaces for securing bikes.
The public artwork at the stop is an interactive sculpture created by Frank Boyden and Brad Rude made of steel and bronze, with blue accents. The sculpture features bronze heads and a U-shaped vehicle designed to represent the train and the variety of people who ride the line. Attached to a large, round flat surface made of stainless steel, the vehicle moves along a track and has an animal figure displayed in a scene atop the piece. Moveable heads on the piece include a pumpkin, blindfolded man, and a blue skull.
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