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TriMet completes wok on the Lloyd MAX Improvements project that disrupted light rail travel for two weeks

COURTESY TRIMET - Crews wrapped up work on TriMet's Lloyd MAX Improvements project on Saturday, Aug. 17.All MAX trains went back to regular schedules Sunday following a two-week disruption for the Lloyd MAX Improvements project.

The project had affected on MAX trains in TriMet's service district.

TriMet said crews completed their work near the Rose Quarter MAX Station and on Holladay Street between 9th and 11th avenues on Saturday, Aug. 17. Regular MAX trains resumed on their normal schedules at the start of service on the morning of Aug. 18.

As part of the project, TriMet said crews:

• Dug up and replaced sections of rail near the Rose Quarter, where switches move trains between tracks.

• Upgraded two switches and sections of track work, and installed a new machine for a third switch to split one set of tracks into two and bring two sets of tracks into one.

• Replaced curved rail that westbound trains use to leave the Rose Quarter MAX Station, as well as the curved rail eastbound trains use as they pull into the station.

• Installed straight rail on Holladay between 9th and 11th avenues, replacing a section of track where trains could switch from one set of tracks to the other, which was not used often.

According to TriMet, the project is the latest in a series of major improvements to the MAX system in recent years. The upgrades are inteneded to help keep trains running on time, reduce the wear and tear on the trains and create a smoother trips for tens of thousands of riders every day.

Since 2016, TriMet has made major improvements in Portland City Center, near Providence Park, in the Rose Quarter area and in Hillsboro to the MAX system. This fall, our crews will be making improvements at the end of the line in Gresham, and next year we'll undertake major upgrades on the Steel Bridge.

You can learn more about the projects at

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