MAX service streamlined during construction

Construction and maintenance delay TriMet trains

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — TriMet MAX service is still disrupted but smoother than Monday, as previously planned maintenance threw commuters for a loop.

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 are out of service this week.

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A Red Line sign for the MAX train at PDX, Aug. 12, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
A Red Line sign for the MAX train at PDX, Aug. 12, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

The Red Line was streamlined and service was improved on the east side during the morning commute, Roberta Altstadt of TriMet said.

A shuttle bus is taking airport riders around the construction zone. But after getting off the shuttle, those going to the airport will need to take either a Blue Line or Green Line train from Lloyd Center to the Gateway Transit Center and then transfer to a Red Line, she said.

Round trip

A KOIN 6 News crew took a trip from Pioneer Courthouse Square to PDX and back.

The MAX and shuttle bus journey took 65 minutes to get from downtown Portland to the airport, and 56 minutes to get back. The transfer at the Gateway Station took 13 minutes.

Commuters on that route expressed their frustrations with the KOIN 6 News crew.

“It was frustrating. Frustrating, you know,” said Yorkdi Bonilla.

After dealing with a 90 minute delay Monday night, Bonilla said he planned ahead for Tuesday.

“I have an interview today at 12, so I’m leaving now,” he said.

Heidi Scott who began her journey to the airport from Goose Hollow on Tuesday said she was aware of the potential delays and also prepared ahead of time.

“It’s been good. It’s been a bit slow,” she said. “We did know [about the delays], and we were prepared.”

Passenger on a TriMet bus, Aug. 12, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Passenger on a TriMet bus, Aug. 12, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

Some problem areas

But the service still had some hiccups.

“While service on the eastside ran with no more than 10 minute delays, we are still making adjustments and asking riders to plan an extra 30 minutes for their commutes,” Altstadt said in a statement.

The work on tracks and switches at NE 11th and Holladay is on schedule for completion late Friday, she said.


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