The Airport extension opened in 2001, more than fifteen
years after MAX began operating between Portland and Gresham. This
the area's second light rail line, and brought about color-coded route identification
for the system. The Red
Line runs with the Blue Line from Beaverton Transit Center through downtown
and the Lloyd District. It leaves the original Eastside route just beyond the Gateway/NE 99th Ave. Transit Center, and then travels 5.5 miles further out to Portland
International. This section presents various scenes after the line
heads off on its own.
Service to the airport had been in operation for only for a
couple of weeks when this photo was taken. The
control tower for PDX is visible in the background.