Reconfiguration of fiber-optic cables will improve system reliability
Early Sunday morning, TriMet crews will be working on fiber optic cable lines on the Steel Bridge. The work, which is part of a larger improvement project, will start at 1:30 a.m. and could last until about 6 a.m. During that time, ticket machines on MAX Blue/Red Line platforms west of the Willamette River (Old Town/Chinatown Station to Hillsboro’s Hatfield Government Center Station), will not be able to process payment card transactions. Riders will need to use cash to purchase tickets at our ticket machines. The machines on the Transit Mall along the Green/Yellow Line will not be affected.
The work will also impact information that feeds our TransitTracker. Only scheduled times for MAX trains will be shown on the Westside during the work. Also our displays and reader boards that show the schedule information, as well as service alert information, will go dark west of the river. .
The project is part of a much larger effort to improve the reliability and build in redundancy of the communications network that feeds TransitTracker, display screens and other rider tools.
Other fare purchase options
TriMet has a number of ways that riders can buy fares in addition to the ticket machines on platforms. Riders can make their phone their fare with the free TriMet Tickets mobile app for Android or iPhone. The app lets riders to buy tickets at anytime, anywhere. We also have more than 100 neighborhood retail outlets, including most grocery stores that sell tickets and passes. The TriMet Ticket Office at Pioneer Courthouse Square, open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., sells fares and customers can also buy tickets online at trimet.org.