An extension of the Red Line to the Washington County Fair Complex could open as soon as 2021. 

An extension of the Red Line to the Washington County Fair Complex could open as soon as 2021. 

Pamplin Media

As early as 2021, TriMet could begin offering single-seat connections between Hillsboro and PDX via a 10-station expansion of light rail service to the Washington County Fair Complex.

The plan would also revamp stations at the airport, which would help TriMet handle tricky timing at its Gateway Transit Center in Portland during peak usage. But the project would only get federal funding if it also offered service to more passengers on the rapidly growing west side.

Currently, western Washington County passengers must change from TriMet’s Blue Line, which starts at the Hatfield Government Center Station in downtown Hillsboro, to the Red Line somewhere along the way to the airport — and from Red to Blue on the way back. During off-hours, that can mean a long, cold wait.

Alan Lehto, TriMet Director of Business Planning & Asset Management, told board members extension of the Red Line to the fairgrounds has long been the plan to help balance demands on the west side — and should spark growth in ridership.

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