Officials from across the region gathered with partners from the Federal Transportation Administration (FTA) this week to celebrate the beginning of construction for what TriMet refers to as "A Better Red."
The MAX Red Line is basically being extended from the Beaverton Transit Center to the Washington County Fair Complex in Hillsboro, allowing riders to travel between the Hillsboro Airport and PDX without switching trains.
It will add 10 additional stops to the Red Line.
To improve reliability, the project will include track improvements with two sets of tracks in some sections between the Gateway Transit Center and PDX.
The cost of the project is $215 million.
Nearly $100 million is coming from the FTA.
The Red Line extension is expected to be complete in 2024.