Month-long work at Fair Complex will replace tiles keeping folks from stepping too close to trains.

STAFF PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER OERTELL - Passengers disembark from MAX light rail at the Fair Complex stop in Hillsboro. Crews will be replacing white safety tiles at the station for the next month.This week, TriMet crews kicked off a multi-year construction project at each of the transit agency's MAX stops, starting with platforms in Hillsboro.

On Monday, August 13, TriMet began replacing white safety tiles at the Washington County Fair Complex MAX station. Over the next few years, officials with TriMet say all MAX Blue and Red Line stations will be upgraded.

The bumpy tiles — officially known as tactile pavers — make up a strip along platform edges warning riders that they are close to the trackway.

"This is very important to [riders'] safety, especially as trains pull in and out of a station," said TriMet spokesman Tim Becker. "The new tiles will be more durable, create a safer environment for riders, and are easier to maintain."

Becker said the work will have minimal impact on riders and will not affect MAX service, though access to the platform may be restricted to one end at times.

Work hours will be 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during weekdays. No night work or weekend work is planned.

Construction at the Fair Complex station is expected to take about a month.

Crews will replace the safety tiles that run along the westbound side of the platform first, then move to the eastbound side. Riders should plan a few extra minutes to reach the platform.

Tactile pavers are required by the Americans with Disabilities Act along the edges of rail platforms.

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