How to Take the Max (Light Rail) in Portland, Oregon

Portland's light rail is the Metropolitan Area Express, better known as the MAX. Approximately 40 million people use it every year.[1] If you're visiting or just moved to Portland, here's how to ride the MAX.

Steps

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    Plan your trip. The TriMet Trip Planner tool will help you figure out which line you need to take and how much it will cost. There are four lines: Blue, Green, Red, Yellow.
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    Look for the ticket machine at the station.
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    Determine what ticket type you want. Tickets are sold by the amount of time they are good for. The smallest increment is 2 hours, which sells for $2. You can also purchase:
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    Enter the quantity.
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    Pay for your ticket(s). Most machines accept both cash and card, unless they say "card only".
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    Retrieve your ticket.
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    Get on the side of the station with the train going in the direction you want to go.
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    When the train stops in front of you, wait for others to get off. Then you can board and take a seat.
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    Listen to the announcements. The MAX stops at every station and the station name is announced before each stop. The name of the next station is also shown on an electrical sign.
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    Exit the train at your station.

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