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TriMet: 'Limited' bus service, but MAX still canceled
TriMet announced around 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13 that "limited " bus service will begin across the region.
All MAX and LIFT paratransit services remain suspended due to weather conditions at this time, however.
TriMet will post updates regarding specific Bus Lines on its website, but so far the lines in service are:
• Line 15: Running between Gateway Transit Center and Portland City Center only.
• Line 33: Running between Clackamas Town Center Transit Center and Oregon City Transit Center only.
• Line 57: Running between Beaverton Transit Center and Hillsboro Central Transit Center only
All buses in operation are running with chained tires, and therefore will not drive faster than 25 MPH.
"We still urge people not to travel at this time due to the hazardous weather and road conditions," spokeswoman Roberta Altstadt said. "While we want to get service running as soon as possible, TriMet will only do so if it is safe for our riders, operators and other employees."
Difficulites remain for restoring train service, as many street tracks have been packed in with snow and ice. Meanwhile, overhead power lines are encased in ice. Portland Streetcar has suspended its service as well.
TriMet customer service is operating in limited capacity at this time, providing rider support through Twitter and text only.
PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The winter storm of snow and ice pummeling Oregon and southwest Washington closed I-84 Friday night and ODOT said it will be re-opened "only when it is safe to do so."
Early Saturday morning, Feb. 13, TriMet announced that all MAX and bus service have been canceled until further notice due to the weather conditions. Streets in Portland were closed because of icy conditions and chains are required in certain spots.
"We are working to restore service as soon as it safe to do so. We ask riders for their patience and understanding, as this is for their safety and the safety of our employees," a TriMet spokesperson said.
Down in the Salem-Keizer area, Cherriots announced announced the suspension of all bus services for the rest of the day due to weather.
The public transit service in Clark County, C-Tran, said Saturday morning all routes 60 and 65 are suspended until further notice while several other routes were being detoured or on modified snow routes.
The Washington Department of Transportation said their top priority is monitoring what they call "the triangle" — I-5, I-205 and SR-14 through the Vancouver area. Friday night, SR-14 was closed in both directions from milepost 19 near Evergreen Boulevard to milepost 65 near Hood River Bridge Road.
As of Saturday morning, there were many delays and cancellations in both arrivals and departures at Portland International Airport.
On Flightview.com, a list of arrivals and departures is listed, along with any known delays by airport.
Transportation officials agree: No matter how or where you're trying to get, it is either difficult or impossible at this time. The best advice: Stay home.
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