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It was a MAX meltdown for TriMet riders

Posted: Updated: May 6, 2013 10:06 PM

TriMet riders had quite a day Monday.

It all started at about 6 a.m. when TriMet announced a power outage at its substations. It affected every MAX line, with trains only working in certain areas.

By 7:30 a.m., TriMet said some power had been restored in downtown Portland with one train circling the transit mall between Portland State University and Union Station.

Air 12 flew over local MAX stops and showed long lines of passengers waiting to get on shuttle buses.

Portland Streetcar service was restored before 7:30 a.m. WES was not affected by the outages, and buses remained in regular service.

At 8:40 a.m., TriMet said most MAX service had been restored. However, trains were still unable to cross the Steel Bridge, and shuttle buses were used to serve stations from the Rose Quarter to Old Town and Union Station.

That continued to be the case throughout the afternoon and into the evening. TriMet said shuttle buses will be used for the evening commute over the Steel Bridge, but riders are encouraged to use regular TriMet bus service or walk from the Old Town MAX station across the Steel Bridge to the Rose Quarter area.

A Tri-Met spokeswoman says it was due to a surge arrester that shorted. Then in the afternoon, another outage caused nightmares for Max riders on the red and blue lines on the west side. Many said they were stuck inside trains without air conditioning for more than an hour. The cause of that outage has not been determined. Some riders had to be offloaded into shuttle buses.

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