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WES service suspended, MAX trains running slow due to extreme heat

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

TriMet suspended WES Commuter Rail service due to extreme heat Wednesday afternoon.

TriMet announced WES had been shut down by 1 p.m. Shuttle buses were serving stations between Wilsonville and the Beaverton Transit Center.

Once temperatures reached 90 degrees, all MAX lines began running 10 mph slower in higher-speed areas. By 2:30 p.m., TriMet reported that all MAX trains would not exceed 35 mph. 

During heat waves, MAX and WES trains are required to slow down, as the steel rails and copper power wires can expand.

Temperatures were expected to hit 105 degrees Wednesday and possibly 107 degrees Thursday.

TriMet was not inspecting fares Wednesday due to continuing issues with its computer network.

Multiple issues and major delays Tuesday caused TriMet to apologize to riders for what the agency called “an extremely challenging day.”

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