MAX construction project closes blue line in Gresham

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Construction will end on Oct. 5

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — TriMet is beginning a 2-week construction project on the oldest MAX line this Sunday.

TriMet’s Blue Line service will end and begin service at the Rockwood/E 188th Avenue station in Gresham over the next 2 weeks as improvement projects are completed across a 2.3-mile stretch along its east end.

Sunday marks the first day of construction, but Monday will be the first day commuters will feel the pinch. Construction ends on Oct. 5.

Shuttle buses will be serving the 5 final stations at the end of the line.

“Shuttle buses will be running in the evenings and mornings every 5 minutes or so plan,” Tyler Graf with TriMet said. “Buses so run a little bit more slowly than trains so we ask people to add an extra 15 minutes for their commute.”

This improvement project includes upgrades, repairs and replacements at rail crossings and places where tracks cross the roads.

TriMet said it believes riders and motorists alike will end up feeling the difference made.

A map showing the locations of the closed stations and shuttle bus stops. Sept. 22, 2019 (TriMet)
A map showing the locations of the rail crossing construction. Sept. 22, 2019 (TriMet)

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