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TriMet urges motorists, bicycists and pedestrians to watch out for additional trains

Big changes are coming to the downtown Transit Mall beginning Sunday when service begins on the new MAX light-rail line between Union Station and Portland State University.


TriMet is urging motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians to be aware that MAX trains will begin running on Fifth and Sixth avenues on Aug. 30. Before then, trains have only been conducting irregular test and training runs along the avenues.

The avenues will carry the downtown portion of two different lines - the Yellow Line that runs from the Expo Center along North Interstate Avenue and the Green Line that runs from the Clackamas Town Center along Interstate 205.

Beginning Sunday, the downtown portion of the Yellow Line will be switched from First Avenue to Fifth and Sixth avenues. All of it trains will pick up downtown customers.

Also on Sunday, the downtown portion of the Green Line will run along Fifth and Sixth avenues. They will not begin picking up passengers until the Green Line officially opens on Sept. 12.

Blue Line trains between Gresham and Hillsboro will remain on the current routes through downtown.

Schedules on all of the MAX Blue, Red and Yellow lines will also be adjusted starting Sunday, with less frequent service in the early morning and late evening hours to help offset a $31 million budget shortfall facing TriMet caused by the recession.

In addition, beginning Monday, TriMet is stepping up safety patrols to educate motorists and bicyclists about the dedicated transit and travel lanes on Fifth and Sixth avenues. Officers will increase patrols on the mall, focusing on the area between Burnside and Jefferson. Violators disobeying traffic signals will be subject to enforcement actions, including citations.

For more information, visit TriMet's Web site at www.trimet.org.

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