PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The big TriMet pinch is coming up fast this weekend with commuter disruptions beginning on Sunday.
The Lloyd MAX Improvement project will disrupt MAX service in the Rose Quarter near the Lloyd Center/NE 11th Avenue station. The work began on Monday but the actual 2-week disruption to riders on the Blue, Green and Red lines begins this weekend.
The project will upgrade some switches and replace sections of curved rail that are worn from decades of use.
Trains will run less often and on special schedules, meaning it may be hard to find space on the train during peak commuter times.
TriMet officials said it could add as much as 45 minutes to your commute. Shuttle buses will take riders between the Rose Quarter and Lloyd stations.
“If you can mix up the time you commute to try and avoid the main commuting hours, that would be very beneficial,” TriMet’s Roberta Alstadt said. “Also we are asking riders to consider using regular TriMet bus service.”
Shuttle buses will be available, as well.
“The shuttle buses are a great option — people can walk — there is a lot of building construction going on so they should be aware of that,” said Alstadt. “Biketown is offering a free promo code during the project and some scooter companies also have discounts available.”
To do their part in helping ease the stress on commuters, Lime will be deploying more scooters in the area and offering discount codes for riders that start or end their trips in the Lloyd Center vicinity.
Additional staff will be present in order to help riders navigate the changes and to remind them to park the scooters in the designated areas.
Monday, Aug. 5, will be the first commuting day that feels the pinch of the closure.
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