TriMet track improvement project at Lloyd District to start Aug. 11; impacts to bus and MAX service

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Shuttle buses will serve a small portion of MAX Blue, Green & Red lines Aug. 11-15

UPDATE 8/11/14 3:50 PM

Beginning with Tuesday morning service, Red Line trains will not be running between Lloyd Center MAX Station and Gateway Transit Center. Anyone heading to the Portland International Airport from the west side or downtown should take any MAX train to the Convention Center MAX Station, transfer to our shuttle bus service to Lloyd Center Station and then catch a Blue or Green Line to Gateway. There, riders will be able to board a Red Line to the airport or destinations along the Red Line between Gateway and the airport.

We apologize for the inconvenience to our riders and appreciate their understanding. We do believe this will help mitigate delays we experienced with MAX service during the Lloyd District disruption this morning.

UPDATE 8/11/14 11:35 a.m.: 

We apologize to our riders for the longer than expected commute times this morning related to the Lloyd District construction work and thank them for their continued patience as we work to streamline our train and shuttle service. We are working to expedite the train maneuvers as they turn around on a single track at Lloyd Center and at the Rose Quarter, but the delays are longer than we had planned. We are also working to ensure our shuttle buses between the Rose Quarter and Lloyd Center area move through the area as efficiently as possible.

Additionally, with the high temperatures expected this afternoon and trains slowed, we are alerting riders to plan an extra 30 to 60 minutes to their travel time. We again apologize for the inconvenience and continue to work to improve the alternative service during our track work construction.

TriMet MAX and Line 70 service will be disrupted Monday, August 11, through Friday, August 15, due to a track and switch improvement project at NE 11th and Holladay St. Westbound MAX trains will not run between Lloyd Center/NE 11th Avenue and the Rose Quarter platforms. Eastbound trains will not run between the Oregon Convention Center and the Lloyd Center/NE 11th Avenue platforms.

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TriMet shuttle buses will be available to take riders between stations. Shuttles will run frequently between the Rose Quarter or the Convention Center MAX stations and Lloyd Center/NE 11th Ave MAX Station. Additionally, shuttles will run between Interstate Rose Quarter and Lloyd Center/NE 11th Ave MAX stations for Green Line riders going to or from Portland City Center. We encourage riders to allow a little extra time to accommodate this quick transfer and the shuttle bus service.

Crews will be replacing a MAX track switch located in the intersection of NE 11th Avenue and Holladay Street, as well as track turnouts and infill between tracks and ties. This week-long project is part of TriMet’s on-going investment in MAX maintenance and infrastructure to improve safety, reliability and on-time performance and is expected to cost $1.26 million.

Riding MAX from the east side

Blue and Red Line riders
For trips toward Portland City Center, Beaverton and Hillsboro, riders should get off at Lloyd Center/NE 11th Ave MAX Station and board a shuttle bus to the Rose Quarter area. At the Rose Quarter MAX Station, riders can board a Blue or Red Line train to continue their trip toward Portland City Center.

Green Line riders
For trips toward Portland City Center and Portland State University, riders should get off at Lloyd Center/NE 11th Ave MAX Station and board a shuttle bus to Interstate Rose Quarter MAX Station. At the Interstate Rose Quarter MAX Station, riders can board a Yellow Line train to continue their trip toward Portland City Center and Portland State University.

Yellow Line riders
For trips toward Expo Center, riders should get off at Lloyd Center/NE 11th Ave MAX Station and board a shuttle bus to Interstate Rose Quarter MAX Station. At the Interstate Rose Quarter MAX Station, riders can board a Yellow Line train to Expo Center.

Riding MAX from the west side

Blue and Red Line riders
For trips from Portland City Center toward Gateway Transit Center, Ruby Junction/E 197th, Cleveland Ave and Portland International Airport (PDX) stations, riders should get off at Convention Center MAX Station and board a shuttle bus to Lloyd Center/NE 11th Ave MAX Station. At the Lloyd Center/NE 11th Ave MAX Station, riders can board a Blue or Red Line train to continue their trip.

Green Line riders
For trips from Portland City Center toward Gateway Transit Center and Clackamas Town Center, riders can board a Yellow Line train on the Portland Transit Mall and transfer to a shuttle bus at the Interstate Rose Quarter MAX Station. At the Lloyd Center/NE 11th Ave MAX Station, riders should board a Green Line train to continue their trip.

Yellow Line riders
For trips toward Rose Quarter and Expo Center, riders can board a Yellow Line train on the Portland Transit Mall and continue their trip normally.

Bus Service
Bus service to and from Rose Quarter Transit Center is not affected. However, in the Lloyd Center area, Line 70-12th/33rd Ave will be detoured. The stops on NE 11th and Holladay and NE 11th and Multnomah will be closed. Temporary stops will be located on NE 9th and Holladay. Riders should use caution when crossing NE Holladay as there will be increased bus traffic.

TriMet shuttle buses will be available to take riders between stations. Shuttles will run frequently between Rose Quarter/Convention Center MAX stations and Lloyd Center/NE 11th Ave MAX Station. Additionally, shuttles will run between Interstate Rose Quarter and Lloyd Center/NE 11th Ave MAX stations for Green Line riders going to or from Portland City Center. If you take a shuttle, plan ahead and allow an extra.

More information available at trimet.org/Lloyd.

Tips for riders

  • Plan ahead: Allow an extra 15-30 minutes for your trip.
  • TriMet’s online trip planner makes it easy to plan a trip, with information on Park & Rides, travel and walk times, transfers and cost. Visit trimet.org, or m.trimet.org for smartphones.
  • Shuttles will be running frequently during peak travel times.
  • In the Priority Seating area at the front of the bus, move for seniors and people with disabilities.
  • TriMet staff will be on hand to help, and signs will direct you to shuttle buses, and recommended walking and biking routes.

Improving the ride
We know our riders want more and better service. That’s why, over the next few years, we’re working to grow our network of buses and trains—while improving the overall rider experience. New transit projects, such as the Portland-Milwaukie MAX Line opening in 2015, will provide commuters a much-needed alternative to sitting in traffic. Meanwhile, ongoing upgrades to vehicles, stations and tracks are helping to improve reliability and make your ride more comfortable. We’re gradually bringing service frequency back up to pre-recession levels, which means less waiting and less crowding on board buses and trains. And, we’re improving our trip tools so you have access to service information when and where you need it, along with convenient ways to pay your fare.