Built 1986. Project Description: The 15-mile light rail system, known as MAX, has breathed new life into the city of Portland, Oregon. Designed to run at street level, the trolley is free for passengers who travel within a downtown central area called Fareless Square. The trolley line is a clear success, with daily rider-ship far surpassing original projections. MAX has attracted as many as 30,000 passengers on weekends, when rider-ship was predicted to fall. The system winds around Pioneer Courthouse Square, weaves in and out of the two historic districts, edges against the Morrison Bridge Gateway, and crosses the river to Lloyd Center, which contains a new cinema multiplex and the site of a future convention center for the city. The downtown stations of the light rail have been detailed with brick; the shelter furniture complements the historic districts and other existing elements of the transportation mall. Project cost: $214 million.