The MAX commuter light rail train first opened its sliding doors to the Hillsboro/Portland communities in 1986. Since then, MAX has expanded its reach to Gresham, Beaverton and the North Portland communities. As of 2008, there are 3 lines (Blue, Red and Yellow) operating basically free service (except if you pay taxes) to each suburban sprawl. From its original concept, Trimet has grown the MAX line service to over 100 different light rail trains. These trains conveniently provide transportation and shelter for anyone whose looking for some cheap fun and fare evasion. If you ask any Portlander about this transportation wonder of the world, they might respond, “Oh, yeah, it’s pretty cool… BUT,” and the bitching begins. (Please note that the people bitching have probably never paid a full MAX train fare.)
Let me state, that the MAX train looks impressive on the outside, but its what’s on the inside that kills the system. Without an easy way to check proper proof of payment, ANY person/thing/Quad City DJ can c’ mon n’ ride this train. You’ll never see someone thrown out with the appropriate, “No, Ticket!”* cry.
You will find bums working in their nap time, and a leering group of gentlemen staring you down. Crime has thus run rampant on the Blue line. Homeless won’t even move from the more comfortable disabled seats as directed by the tiny print. Little-to-no security this Old West atmosphere. Look out little buckaroo, or you’ll get your face beaten in! If you enjoy a shady trip to death town, feel free to hop on the Blue line MAX train from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. The system is broken, and Trimet must fix this issue by increasing their security and reducing fareless zones.
*originally this quote is made by Dr. Jones in the 1989 hit movie classic Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Later, Dogma, a equally impressive action-comedy, featuring a bunch of crappy actors, would revive the quote by a character titled “Silent Bob”