Heads up, commuters: Big MAX disruptions begin

Rose Quarter MAX Improvement Project scheduled for August 21-September 3

TriMet MAX / File photo
TriMet MAX / File photo

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A major MAX disruption started this weekend, and TriMet says commuters should leave for their destinations at least 30-45 minutes early.

The Rose Quarter MAX Improvement Project began Sunday and won’t be completed until September 3. The Rose Quarter Transit Center, Convention Center Station and NE 7th Avenue Station will all shut down while repairs are being done.

All MAX lines will be affected by the repair work, especially the Blue, Green and Red lines. Crews will replace switches, improve the track bed and realign the trackway.

“As MAX approaches its 30th birthday this year, it’s time to make some major upgrades and improvements,” TriMet spokesperson Robert Alstadt told KOIN 6 News.

Shuttles will be available during the period when the stops are closed.

TriMet engineer Sarah Touey said the MAX’s signal system has been causing some major issues. It sometimes signals that a train is coming, even when it’s not.

“This is actually the first time that we’ve ever upgraded a signal system on any of our alignments,” Touey said. “[It] was originally installed with the 1986 track work.”

Alstadt said TriMet knows the project is an inconvenience for riders. She’s urging people who commute on the MAX to work from home, bike in or carpool. Anyone still planning to ride the MAX should leave at least 30 minutes earlier than usual.

For more information, visit TriMet’s website.

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