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TriMet warns riders to expect delays and extremely crowded trains during Rose Quarter project

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

TriMet officials realize a two-week construction project working on the tracks in the Rose Quarter is bound to cause a lot of backups.

The Rose Quarter Transit Center is completely closed, and buses are ferrying MAX riders around the closures.

MAX stops at the Oregon Convention Center and Northeast 7th Avenue are also closed, while the Red, Blue and Green lines are being re-routed and fewer trains will run during peak hours.

TriMet is adding shuttle buses to help riders bypass the repair work, but they are also telling riders their commutes could get about 45 minutes longer.

The shuttle buses will connect the Rose Quarter and the Lloyd Center, while airport shuttles will take riders from the airport to the North Denver Avenue station.

Because the Green line isn't running through downtown, extra trains are circling the Transit Mall on 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue.

Routes won't change on the Yellow or Orange lines, but TriMet is still warning riders to expect delays as people adjust their commutes.

The $2.5 million repair project began Sunday and will last until September 3.

TriMet officials noted that trains will be extremely crowded during commuting hours and will be running on special schedules during the project.  They suggest that riders alter their trips, if possible, or consider working from home or using other transportation.

TriMet officials say the end goal of the project is to provide a smoother ride while improving MAX line reliability. Details on the project, as well as updated schedule changes, are available at TriMet.org/rosequarter.

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