MAX improvements to disrupt service for 3 weeks

All MAX lines will have reduced service from April 30 to May 20.

A 3-week project to improve MAX rail lines began in downtown Portland, April 30, 2017 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Track and intersection improvements will disrupt MAX and Portland Streetcar service Sunday, April 30 to Saturday, May 20. The work will also close streets and sidewalks in downtown Portland during those 3 weeks.

MAX Blue, Green and Red lines will be disrupted and all MAX lines will have reduced service from April 30 to May 20. Space on trains will be limited and riders should consider altering trips to avoid main commuting hours or use regular bus service. All Portland Streetcar lines will be disrupted for the first 2 weeks of the project, from Sunday, April 30 to Saturday, May 13.

The Morrison-Yamhill MAX Improvement project will improve the track on one of the oldest sections of the MAX system. TriMet will upgrade the track on SW Morrison and Yamhill at 11th Avenue. Crews will remove wooden ties, replace track and install new switch machines and cables for the signal system. The changes will help keep the MAX system moving and create a smoother ride for trains and streetcars. The project is in an area where potholes and broken bricks make it a rough ride for drivers and bicyclists.

The work will get rid of those bumps in the road. Further east, crews will replace the curved rails on Morrison and Yamhill that connect to 1st Avenue.

MAX riders may want to think twice before buying a monthly pass for May as the improvement project will impact service on all lines for 3 weeks. Instead, riders may want to consider getting a book of tickets for the month of May.

MAX Blue, Green and Red lines will be disrupted and all MAX lines will have reduced service from April 30 to May 20. All Portland Streetcar lines will be disrupted for the first 2 weeks of the project, from Sunday, April 30 to Saturday, May 13.

“Come Monday morning, we expect trains to be very crowded. So if you can, alter when you ride,” Roberta Alstadt with TriMet said. “If you can, use TriMet’s regular bus service, carpool or if possible, work from home, bike or even walk.”

A 3-week project to improve MAX rail lines began in downtown Portland, April 30, 2017 (KOIN)

Shuttle buses will be running on several streets to provide alternate service for MAX and Portland Streetcar riders downtown. The shuttle buses will run about every 5 minutes or less between Providence Park and the Rose Quarter. They will use the regular travel lanes on SW Taylor and Salmon streets between 17th and 5th avenues since sewer repair work will impact Morrison and Yamhill.

Drivers should expect congestion as well, since some streets will close downtown during the project. From April 30 to May 20, there will be a full closure on SW Morrison Street between 10th and 11th avenues and a full closure of SW 11th Avenue between Morrison and Yamhill.

Crews will partially close SW 11th Avenue between Alder and Morrison, but right turns will be allowed from SW 11th onto Morrison Street. The majority of sidewalks and crosswalks within the project area will be closed or restricted to local access only.

From May 4 to May 9, crews will fully close SW 1st Avenue between Morrison and Yamhill, with local access to parking garages maintained. There will be a partial closure of SW Morrison Street at 1st, with left turns allowed from the right lane to access parking garages. From May 9 to May 14, SW Morrison Street will close between 1st and 2nd and SW Morrison Street between Naito Parkway and 1st will be partially closed. From May 13 to May 15, expect a full closure of SW Alder Street between 1st and 2nd and a full closure of SW 1st Avenue between Alder and Morrison.