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Metropolitan Area Express (MAX)

Gresham to Hillsboro east-west through downtown, Portland, OR 97209
503 238 7433
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Ranked #51 of 309 Attractions in Portland
Type: Public Transportation Systems
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Aliso Viejo, California
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140 reviews 140 reviews
71 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The public transportation in Portland is incredible. For an area of approximately 600,000+ people, Portland is small compared to Orange County, CA. The MAX is so convenient, priced right and well run that residents put it to good use. I wish we had the system here.

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Vancouver, Canada
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We took the yellow line MAX from our hotel to downtown Portland and enjoyed our trips. Relaxing, prompt and reasonably priced ($5 for a day pass). Big thanks for the driver who saw us running and waited for us!!! Highly recommended, leave the car at your hotel, take transit. Gordon

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Ypsilanti, Michigan
11 reviews 11 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

A quick, easy, and economical way to get around Portland - while avoiding the hassle of parking and the inevitable Portland traffic jams. If your final destination is downtown, MAX can't be beat.

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Portland, Oregon
16 reviews 16 reviews
15 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Free within parts of City Center Portland! It's a fun thing to do with the kids. They enjoy riding around town. Just make sure it's not at the time of a Blazers game (some people might have had too much to drink and make the experience less fun for the family).

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Vevey, Switzerland
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

I'm not sure what I think?! Rode the MAX off and on this past weekend while in PDX. Rode it from the airport into downtown and also to the Expo Center. While the system works, it's very slow and just seems to be tired and run down. As a few other reviewers have mentioned, there appear to be alot of... More

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Portland, Oregon
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Okay, so I'm sure I'm disagreeing with a lot of people on here, but after using MAX for over 7 years, this is what I have to say. SNAIL RAIL! It is soooo slow! It crawls through downtown and is completely not worth it if you're going anywhere else besides downtown. If you want to get from the east side... More

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Taipei, Taiwan
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

I find it baffling that the Portland MAX is so often touted as a great model for the rest of the country. I guess it comes from the attitude that it's better than having nothing at all, which is only marginally true in this case. The fundamental flaw with the MAX is that it runs on the surface streets, barely... More

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55 reviews 55 reviews
12 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

I have been on every rail rapid transit system in the United States, and MAX is one of the very best. Their success, actually, has helped spread the "light rail revolution" throughout the country. It is unfortunate, though, that economic times have forced them to seek revenue by selling shrink-wrapped ads on their trains. Portland is such a beautiful city,... More

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Coventry, England, United Kingdom
19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

We stayed at jantzen beach and found this a quick, easy and cheap way to get into the city. We were able to get off right where we wanted to be. A great system

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St. Louis, MO
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92 reviews 92 reviews
28 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

We rode MAX tonight. Though I would not call it an attraction I would say it is a great asset to a cool city, the MAX is clean, efficient and reasonably priced. Unfortunately, I was a bit uncomfortable when four men in security and police uniform boarded our train and pulled the man off the train who I was sitting... More

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