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After Days Of Heat-Related Delays, TriMet Charges To Ride Again

TriMet says it’s back to collecting fares as usual today.  

Earlier this week the Portland-area transit agency waived ticket charges for trains and buses because of delays caused by extreme heat. Trains are still slow today due to higher-than-normal temperatures, and problems are expected to continue until temperatures fall back below about 90 degrees.  

TriMet’s public information officer said the MAX system was built for average temperatures in Portland, not extreme weather patterns. Extreme heat can cause the overhead copper wire to droop and can even deform the steel rail tracks.

The transit agency suffered from other technological problems this week that left ticket vending machines unusable and, for a time, took down TriMet emails and the computerized Transit Tracker system.

TriMet also suffered from weather-related delays and outages during the heavy snow and ice of this past winter.

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