Welcome to MAX FAQs, a blog about TriMet’s light rail system in Portland, OR
WHAT THIS BLOG IS NOT: An official TriMet publication. If you want the “official” answer to something, contact them. The author of this blog absolves all responsibility as to how long it will take you to get a response from TriMet or how satisfied you will be with your answer.
WHAT THIS BLOG IS: Here pretty much for my own entertainment (and ranting, when need be), a dumping ground for the gig or so of MAX photos/video I’ve taken (not an exaggeration) that I don’t really have any other place to put because, generally speaking, who cares about a bunch of train pictures?
WHY: I scan Twitter for news about TriMet (especially light rail) and noticed that a lot of questions or comments about light rail go unanswered by whoever runs the TriMet Twitter, or occasionally are answered not entirely correctly. Which I guess is sort of understandable, since they field all sorts of questions there and a 140 character maximum doesn’t leave a lot of room for providing detailed answers.
Meanwhile, I think that knowledge is best when shared, and would like to both point out some basic things to help people use MAX safely and comfortably, and answer some frequently asked questions for the few people out there who are interested in this topic. I find the whole MAX system to be very complex yet very elegant, the intricacies of which are irrelevant to most daily commuters but it really is amazing how it all comes together.
I am not the foremost authority about Portland’s light rail system – far from it! And I’ll happily yield blogging authority to any of the people who are more knowledgeable about it than me. But right now there aren’t a lot of light rail blogs out there so I figure it’s fair game and an open topic to write about. I won’t pretend to speak with the knowledge and expertise of the people who have been operating, maintaining, and directing train movement since the day it started, but I know essentially enough rail to get my face slapped.
Let’s see if I do :D