3rd busiest MAX transit center to undergo repairs

Sunset Transit Center in Beaverton will undergo major renovations, starting Wednesday

The Sunset Transit Center in Beaverton will begin the first phase of renovations on Wednesday, July 2, 2014. (KOIN 6)
The Sunset Transit Center in Beaverton will begin the first phase of renovations on Wednesday, July 2, 2014. (KOIN 6)

BEAVERTON, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Major renovations start Wednesday at one of TriMet’s busiest transit centers.

With more than 30,000 MAX riders a week, Sunset Transit Center in Beaverton is TriMet’s third busiest transit center after Gateway and the Rose Quarter.

Wear and tear from those riders is beginning to show, especially on the MAX platforms.

“You need to keep things updated, and I think this does need a little bit of updating. Pretty messy over there,” said MAX rider Thomas Moore.

The MAX platforms at the Sunset Transit Center are being completely redone with some construction taking place in the middle of the night.

KOIN 6 News learned that the first phase of the million dollar makeover could get noisy. TriMet said the work will involve cutting the current platform before it’s resurfaced.

The first phase will begin July 7 with most of the work taking place at night. The noise from the work will be about as loud as a lawnmower or power tool, TriMet said.

However, there aren’t many houses in the area and much of the sound will likely be obscured by the freeway noise from Highway 26, TriMet said.

MAX platforms will remain open during this phase of work, but some area will be closed off.

The biggest disruptions in relation to the project will happen in September when the MAX platforms will be completely shut down for more than two weeks to complete the work, TriMet said.

“I think it sucks. If it needs to be done, it needs to be done, but I feel sorry for those people who have to take this stop every day,” said MAX rider Dan Slimick.

During the work, busses will fill in the gap, especially for Park and Ride customers. Regular bus service should not be disrupted, TriMet said.

The east stairways will also be closed during the repairs, but stairs and elevators closest to the Park and Ride will remain open.

TriMet said all of the work should be done by the end of September

For the latest information about the work at Sunset Transit Center, visit TriMet.org.

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