TriMet trains slowed by construction, heat

No MAX service between Lloyd Center platform and Rose Quarter platform at Moda Center this week

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Previously planned construction work and the very high temperatures combined to put TriMet commuters in a bind Monday and may for most of the week.

About 10 city blocks of MAX lines that serve Blue, Green and Red line commuters in the heart of the metro area’s main east-west line from Gresham to Hillsboro will be out of service this week.

About 10 city blocks of MAX lines that serve Blue, Green and Red line commuters in the heart of the metro area's main east-west line from Gresham to Hillsboro will be out of service this week, August 10, 2014. (KOIN 6)
About 10 city blocks of MAX lines that serve Blue, Green and Red line commuters in the heart of the metro area’s main east-west line from Gresham to Hillsboro will be out of service this week, August 10, 2014. (KOIN 6)

The high heat forced trains to run slower and caused delays of up to an hour.

“This afternoon is going to be a rough afternoon for our customers,” said TriMet deputy GM Bob Nelson.

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Immediate response

The delays were worse than TriMet officials expected and they are actually putting fewer trains out. Earlier, trains had to back up to get around construction, and that created a traffic jam.

Construction

TriMet construction on tracks at the Lloyd Center disrupted commuters, Aug. 11, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
TriMet construction on tracks at the Lloyd Center disrupted commuters, Aug. 11, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

TriMet began work on track and switch improvements on Northeast 11th and Holladay. While the track is torn up, TriMet said there will be no MAX service between the Lloyd Center platform and the Rose Quarter platform at the Moda Center.

Regular TriMet user Keith Dobson said he’s going to have to get up and out of his house an hour earlier than usual as a result of the track and switch improvements.

“I don’t ride that far west, but my wife does. So she’s just going to take the shuttle bus to the Rose Quarter and go on to Hillsdale. So she’s about an hour and a half commute each day,” said Dobson.

Trimet said in order to help commuters get around during the MAX service interruptions, they’re offering shuttle service between the Rose Quarter platform and the Lloyd Center platform

Bike riders are advised to use their bikes to ride around the disruption. People can also walk the 10 blocks to the other side.

Commuter Jasmine Vargas said the disruptions in service are inconvenient but admitted there isn’t much she can do about it.

“When I heard about it, I was like, ‘oh man, that really sucks.’ But you can’t really do anything about it, so you’ve just got to make it work,” she said.

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