TriMet network issues continue, delays expected

Temps broke records Wednesday

A MAX Red Line train headed to the Portland International Airport, Aug. 16, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
A MAX Red Line train headed to the Portland International Airport, Aug. 16, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Along with smoldering temperatures, the heatwave has caused multiple power outages and TriMet delays in the Portland metro on Wednesday.

TriMet experienced delays because of high temperatures starting Monday, which continued Tuesday and is expected to cause issues for the remainder of the week.

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Fares will not be inspected or expected on Wednesday due to network issues, the agency says.

Wednesday and Thursday are expected to be the hottest days this week with temperatures potentially reaching 107 degrees.

TriMet communications director Roberta Altstadt encourages people to take the bus during the heatwave as MAX lines are the most likely to experience delays.

The major delays Tuesday were due to a system-wide failure combined with heat-related slow downs. The computer glitch could have been prevented, according to the employees’ union.

ATU Local 757 president Shirley Block said managers didn’t listen months ago when they were told by long-time employees that the computer upgrade they began installing Saturday wouldn’t work.

Block said, “You had people that went to management and said this is not going to work.”

The WES commuter rail was shut down Wednesday due to extreme heat. Their phone system also went down Wednesday morning Shuttle buses are currently serving stops between the Beaverton Transit Center and Wilsonville.

TriMet trains were running at 35 miles per hour or slower as of Wednesday afternoon.

However, TriMet said late Wednesday night they were making headway with their network repair.

To stay up-to-date with public transportation, head to TriMet’s website for the most recent alerts.

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