Yesterday, Monday, Feb. 2, the Westside Express Service commuter rail went on its first ride. The westside of the Portland Metro area now has its own commuter rail line. The 14.7-mile route has five stations in Beaverton, Tigard, Tualatin and Wilsonville, with trains running every 30 minutes during weekday morning and evening rush hours.
So far the busiest station has been the Beaverton Transit Center. Officials are hoping it will become popular so that it will reduce traffic on Pacific Highway, 217 and I-5.
The new commuter trains are equiped with free Wi-Fi, bike hooks and swivel seats; and the stations have some fun works of art.
It is hoped that in the future they will be able to offer some weekend hours, but that of course will depend on how much use it gets during commuting hours.
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