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TriMet To Start Construction On Rose Quarter MAX Lines


The Portland-area’s transit agency is giving riders a warning ahead of a Rose Quarter improvement project. 

TriMet’s construction on MAX lines is tentatively scheduled from Aug. 21 to Sept. 3. 

MAX Blue, Green and Red lines in the Rose Quarter area will be disrupted during the construction.  

The project is costing $2.5 million and will replace 30-year-old tracks, as well as update the area’s signaling system. 

Rose Quarter MAX line construction map courtesy of TriMet. Black dotted lines dictate the routes of temporary shuttle buses during the construction period. 

Rose Quarter MAX line construction map courtesy of TriMet. Black dotted lines dictate the routes of temporary shuttle buses during the construction period. 

Shuttles will run through the area during construction, including to the airport, but riders will still need to take travel delays into account, said Doug Kelsey, TriMet’s Chief Operating Officer. 

“We know this is going to impact our customers on a daily basis by about 35 to 45 minutes more travel time. We will absolutely get you where you need to go, but it’s going to take longer to do so,” said Kelsey. 

Kelsey said it might be wise for commuters to try alternate transportation options like taking the bus, biking or walking during the construction period.

In May, TriMet completed another construction project on MAX lines in downtown Portland, on 1st Avenue near SW Morrison and NW Couch. 

The Rose Quarter improvement will be the second construction project out of four total, with the next project estimated to take place on 11th Avenue downtown in May 2017.

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