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MAX line improvement project begins in downtown Portland

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Courtesy: TriMet Courtesy: TriMet

TriMet MAX users in the metro area got their first taste Sunday of temporarily reduced or even closed services, as the train service broke ground on several repair and maintenance projects. 

“That’s going to be a headache,” said traveler Nathan Istvanik Sunday. "I’m going to have to wake myself up early and get myself prepared a little early.”

Fiona Bender-Emerson said she doesn’t typically ride on the weekends, but she wanted to check out the first day of reduced services to help her plan for the two weeks the MAX will be disrupted.

“It’s a little more inconvenient, but it’s not super bad,” Bender-Emerson said. "I probably could do it, but I’ll probably just take the bus instead.”

TriMet said the $2.1 million project to repair roadbeds, install new rails and upgrade substations will last until May 21st, and will mean fewer trains in service and reduced, or even closed routes. Travelers should plan for at least 30-45 more minutes to get to their destinations.  

“We do expect trains to be very, very crowded,” TriMet spokeswoman Roberta Altstadt said Sunday. “People should consider riding outside the main rush hours if they can, working from home, taking TriMet bus services, carpooling, walking, biking, or considering other transportation options during this two week project.”

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