When a MAX car is worn out — do you scrap it, or do something else with it? City opting for second option
Instead of junking its oldest trains, TriMet worked with Portland State University’s Center for Public Interest Design to set up a competition envisioning how its oldest MAX light rail cars might be used when retired in a few years.”MAX” is an acronym for “Metro Area Express”. The recycled trains will likely be parked near Lloyd Center at some point in the future.
A brainstorming session called the “2020 Re-purposing Light Rail Cars Design Competition” was held in Inner Southeast Portland’s Oregon Rail Heritage Center, just east of OMSI, on August 25. A limited number of people were invited – on a first-come, first-served basis – to view the designs, and vote on their favorites.
The organizers gave little coaching or input to the participants, other than to