Because of the short blocks in downtown Portland, all MAX
are limited to no longer than two cars. And with the close spacing of
stops on the older tracks along SW Morrison St. and SW Yamhill St. (Blue and
Red Lines), there are six different stations that facilitate
transferring between Portland Mall traffic and the earlier route.
This northbound Green Line train is at Pioneer Courthouse/SW 6th
Ave., in between
the two streets carrying the original
light rail service east-west through center city. It is the the third stop in from Portland State, with three more stations remaining before the route
accesses Steel Bridge.
Pioneer Courthouse appears beyond the train. This historic
structure, strengthened and renovated and still in use for its original
function, goes back well into the nineteenth
century -- very old by Northwestern standards.