Hawthorn Farm station

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Hawthorn Farm 
MAX Light Rail station
MAX Hawthorn Farm.jpg
Location NE Elam Young Parkway south of Cornell Road
Hillsboro, Oregon
Coordinates 45°31′48″N 122°55′51″W / 45.529982°N 122.930703°W / 45.529982; -122.930703Coordinates: 45°31′48″N 122°55′51″W / 45.529982°N 122.930703°W / 45.529982; -122.930703
Owned by TriMet
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Parking None
Disabled access Yes
Opened September 12, 1998
Preceding station   TriMet icon.svg MAX Light Rail   Following station
Blue Line
toward Cleveland

Hawthorn Farm is a light rail station on the MAX Blue Line in Hillsboro, Oregon, United States. Opened in 1998, it is the 15th stop westbound on the Westside MAX. The TriMet owned station does not have a parking lot nor bus connections. Artwork at the station utilizes electronics to provide waiting passengers with indicators of approaching trains, the wind's direction, and sounds from a neighboring wetlands area. The name of the station comes from the name of the family who once owned a farm and a historic home on the land, and is shared with a business park and an Intel campus.


Planning for the light rail system on Portland's west side began in 1979, with groundbreaking coming in 1993 on the Westside MAX project.[1] During planning, the stop was part of the planning area that included the Fair Complex/Hillsboro Airport station.[2] On September 12, 1998, Hawthorn Farm station opened along with the rest of the Westside MAX line.[3]

In March 2000, an escaped rapist was chased from the station and caught by citizens nearby.[4] The low rider 41s bus line connected to the station until canceled in 2002.[5] In July 2006, a rider was chased off the train at the station and beaten by two teenagers.[6] Hawthorn Farm had an estimated 110,000 boardings for the 2006 to 2007 fiscal year, and 34 calls for police assistance.[7] In March 2011, TriMet received a federal grant to pay for the installation of security cameras at the station.[8]


Located on Elam Young Parkway, the station is on the Blue Line in TriMet’s Zone 3 fare area.[9] The station is directly south of Intel’s Hawthorn Farm Campus south of Cornell Road in the middle of Hillsboro.[9] Hawthorn Farm Station does not have a park and ride lot nor does it have any bus connections.[9] The station does have bicycle lockers and racks, and is compliant with ADA standards for accessibility.[9] Designed by architectural firm OTAK, the station has an island style platform located between the two sets of rails.[9][10]


Subsystem I windchime

Art at the station was designed by Patrick Zentz and includes a weathervane with technical assistance provided by Intel employees.[10] The weathervane sets off a system that has sounds and lights on the platform and informs waiting passengers of the wind’s direction.[11][12] This system is also activated when trains approach the station.[10] Additionally, sounds from the adjacent wetlands are piped to the station.[11] The glass of the windbreak on the platform includes a diagram concerning the artwork at the station[12] The three pieces of work are known as Subsystem I, II, and III, and are considered the most technically advanced pieces of art on the MAX line.[13] Subsystem I has tone bars made of chrome that sound as trains approach, and Subsystem II uses lights and sound to indicate the wind direction.[13] The third piece plays the sounds of the wetlands.[13]


  1. ^ Hamilton, Don. “Creating a lifeline to guide community growth”, The Oregonian, September 9, 1998.
  2. ^ Anderson, David R. “Hillsboro and the price of change”, The Oregonian, June 1, 2000, West Zoner p. 1.
  3. ^ Mapes, Jeff. “Gore walks tight line on Clinton”, The Oregonian, September 13, 1998.
  4. ^ Danks, Holly. “Rapist-escapee could face 100 years in prison”, The Oregonian, March 21, 2000, p. B3.
  5. ^ Stewart, Bill. “Close-up commuting Tri-Met keeps changing to meet needs”, The Oregonian, February 18, 2002, p. B3.
  6. ^ “Local News - Washington County: Teenagers arrested in assault on MAX rider”, The Oregonian, August 1, 2006, p. C3.
  7. ^ Anderson, David R. (December 12, 2007). "Taking back the rails". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2009-01-23. 
  8. ^ Rose, Joseph (March 31, 2011). "TriMet gets federal grant to install security cameras at 10 final MAX stations". The Oregonian. Retrieved April 2, 2011. 
  9. ^ a b c d e Hawthorn Farm MAX Station. TriMet. Retrieved on January 24, 2009.
  10. ^ a b c Colby, Richard N. “Tracking art plans”, The Oregonian, August 3, 1995.
  11. ^ a b Windy art. The Oregonian, July 23, 1997.
  12. ^ a b Art on Westside MAX Blue Line. TriMet. Retrieved on July 18, 2008.
  13. ^ a b c Gragg, Randy. "A platform to reveal the art of the journey", The Oregonian, September 9, 1998.

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