Quatama station

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MAX Light Rail station
Station shelter at Quatama Station - Hillsboro, Oregon.JPG
Location350 NE John Olsen Avenue (formerly 350 NW 205th Avenue)
Hillsboro, Oregon
Coordinates45°31′23″N 122°53′19″W / 45.523127°N 122.888732°W / 45.523127; -122.888732Coordinates: 45°31′23″N 122°53′19″W / 45.523127°N 122.888732°W / 45.523127; -122.888732
Owned byTriMet
Platforms1 island platform
Parking310 park and ride spaces
Bicycle facilitiesLockers and racks
Disabled accessYes
OpenedSeptember 12, 1998
Previous namesQuatama/Northwest 205th Avenue
Preceding station   TriMet icon.svg MAX Light Rail   Following station
Blue Line
toward Cleveland

Quatama, formerly Quatama/Northwest 205th Avenue, is a light rail station on the MAX Blue Line in Hillsboro, Oregon, United States. The station is the 13th stop westbound on the Westside MAX from Downtown Portland and includes a park-and-ride lot. Quatama Station is named after the area which includes Quatama Road to the south of the station. Opened in 1998, the stop is near high-tech industries and the Amberglen business park that includes Oregon Health & Science University's West Campus in Hillsboro that includes the Oregon National Primate Research Center. With the renaming of NW 205th Avenue as NE John Olsen Avenue by the City of Hillsboro in 2017, TriMet changed the station's name from its original, longer name.


During the planning stages of the light rail line, Hillsboro rezoned much of the area around the station to increase building densities.[1] Initial planning for a light rail line on Portland's west side began in 1979, with groundbreaking on the Westside MAX project coming in 1993.[1] On September 12, 1998, the Quatama station opened along with the Westside MAX line.[2] The area around the station was named Quatama after the former station on the Oregon Electric Railway.[3] That train stop was near the current one and was on property owned by the Oregon Nursery Company and settled in part by Hungarians.[3]

In 1998, and again in 2004, the weather vane at the station was vandalized.[4] Within several months of opening, the park-and-ride lot was at 92% capacity and by July 1999, the lot was filled to capacity during the peak travel times on the MAX line.[5][6] A fight injured a 17-year-old at the station in October 2000.[7] Hillsboro planned to improve street connections to the station as part of the planned redevelopment in the south Tanasbourne area announced in 2006.[8]

The station’s platform was vandalized in a graffiti spree in June 2007 along with several surrounding developments.[9] In October of that year a 12-year-old was attacked with a hammer at the station.[10] In 2008, TriMet secured a grant from the Transportation Security Administration to allow the transit agency to add security cameras to the station.[11]

In September 2017, the station was renamed from Quatama/Northwest 205th Avenue station to Quatama station, in connection with street-name changes[12] approved by the Hillsboro city council in October 2016.[13] The changes included the renaming of NW 205th Avenue within Hillsboro as NE John Olsen Avenue, scheduled for October 2017.[14]


Designed by the architectural group OTAK Inc., the station features a single island platform between the two tracks.[15] Located on northwest Quatama Road at northwest 205th Avenue in Hillsboro, the station is served by the MAX Blue Line.[16] The station includes a park-and-ride lot, bike lockers, bike racks, has a variety of public artwork, and is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.[16] It was situated in fare zone 3 until TriMet discontinued all use of fare zones, in September 2012. The station sits on 3.35 acres (13,600 m2) on the south side of the rail line.[17] Construction of townhomes and condominiums in the area was a result of the station.[18]

Public art[edit]

Artwork at the station has a theme of understanding nature.[19] One piece of art reflecting that theme at the stop is a weather vane designed by Michael Oppenheimer.[20] The weather vane is titled “Cattail Tunes” and is based on the plant that grows in nearby wetlands.[20] Constructed of stainless steel rods, the piece is composed of five rods standing 24 feet (7.3 m) tall and six feet apart.[21] The rods are topped with metal cattail heads, each a different height so that they sway differently from each other.[21]

Continuing with the natural elements theme, the platform has animal tracks etched into the concrete while the windscreen in the passenger shelter includes a map of the watershed for the Tualatin River etched into the glass.[19] Across from the platform is a plaza entitled “Flow” which features a simulated creek in the concrete.[15] Along the creek are boulders that have scientific images engraved into them, along with a water basin that illustrates how water run-off occurs.[19] The inspiration for this artwork comes from an arrangement made by a Japanese macaque at the Oregon National Primate Research Center across the street from the station.[15] Designers for the artwork at Quatama Station were Jerry Mayer, Valerie Otani, Bill Will, and Fernanda D'Agostino.[15]

Former bus service[edit]

Quatama station was served by one TriMet bus line, 49s-Quatama, from September 1999[22] to February 2004.[23] Line 49s ("s" for shuttle) connected the station with areas to the north, including the former Oregon Graduate Institute.[24] Low ridership was the reason for its elimination in 2004.[23]


  1. ^ a b Hamilton, Don. Creating a lifeline to guide community growth. The Oregonian, September 9, 1998.
  2. ^ Mapes, Jeff. Gore walks tight line on Clinton. The Oregonian, September 13, 1998.
  3. ^ a b Gross, Florence (October 19, 1976). "Communities: Railroad station lends name to Quatama area". The Hillsboro Argus.
  4. ^ Olsen, Dana. Vandals damage artwork. The Oregonian, April 28, 2004.
  5. ^ Oliver, Gordon. Mixed results for MAX’s ultimate test. The Oregonian, July 13, 1999.
  6. ^ Hamilton, Don. Park-&-Ride lots use fluctuates in wake of Westside light rail. The Oregonian, November 19, 1998.
  7. ^ Frank, Ryan. Aloha teen knifed in fight at MAX station. The Oregonian, October 18, 2000.
  8. ^ Bermudez, Esmeralda. Plan highlights. The Oregonian, November 16, 2006.
  9. ^ Snell, John. Hillsboro Boys arrested in tagging spree. The Oregonian, June 27, 2007.
  10. ^ Crombie, Noelle. Public Safety. The Oregonian, October 24, 2007.
  11. ^ Eckert, Kurt. “TriMet set to add cameras and police”, The Hillsboro Argus, September 30, 2008.
  12. ^ "TriMet expands popular frequent service bus line, adds service on four other routes". TriMet. August 23, 2017. Retrieved September 15, 2017.
  13. ^ Loose, Travis (October 24, 2016). "Council approves 150 street name changes". Hillsboro Tribune. Retrieved September 15, 2017.
  14. ^ "'Connecting Hillsboro' Address Implementation Schedule". City of Hillsboro, Oregon. January 23, 2017. Archived from the original on September 15, 2017. Retrieved September 15, 2017.
  15. ^ a b c d Colby, Richard N. Tracking art plans. The Oregonian, August 3, 1995.
  16. ^ a b Quatama/NW 205th Ave MAX Station. Archived June 3, 2008, at the Wayback Machine TriMet. Retrieved on July 18, 2008.
  17. ^ Assessment & Taxation Report. Washington County. Retrieved on July 18, 2008.
  18. ^ “MAX is 10 and still on track”, The Hillsboro Argus, September 11, 2008.
  19. ^ a b c Art on Westside MAX Blue Line. TriMet. Retrieved on July 18, 2008.
  20. ^ a b Hamilton, Don. Sculptures will let riders know which way wind is blowing. The Oregonian, July 23, 1997.
  21. ^ a b Windy art. The Oregonian, July 23, 1997.
  22. ^ "Service Improvements and New Fares Start September 5th" (Press release). TriMet. August 19, 1999. Archived from the original on October 12, 1999. Retrieved April 24, 2018.
  23. ^ a b "Quatama shuttle to end on March 1" (Press release). TriMet. February 17, 2004. Archived from the original on February 4, 2005. Retrieved April 24, 2018.
  24. ^ "49s Quatama [map and schedule]". TriMet. September 5, 1999. Archived from the original on October 3, 1999. Retrieved April 24, 2018.

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