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Please help spread the word about upcoming MAX improvement project that will temporarily alter service May 8-21

TriMet has a major MAX improvement project coming up that will require adjustments to all MAX lines, leading to very crowded trains.

TriMet has a major MAX improvement project coming up that will require adjustments to all MAX lines, leading to very crowded trains. From May 8 through May 22, the 1st Avenue MAX improvements project in Portland City Center will combine three projects into one. The alignment will be shut down on 1st Avenue in downtown as crews make improvements along this section of the original MAX alignment that has been delivering service for 30 years. Crews will replace a section of curved rail near Skidmore Fountain and two switches – one under the Morrison Bridge and one at NW 1st and Couch. The track bed and surface next to the rails will be improved, increasing MAX reliability and creating a smoother, quieter ride while also benefiting pedestrians, cyclists and auto drivers along Couch Street.

While the two-week project brings benefits, it will affect all MAX lines and will require patience and assistance from riders. MAX Blue, Green and Red lines will be disrupted and fewer trains will be running on all lines. With fewer trains, room onboard will be limited and riders should expect extremely crowded trains, especially during commuting hours. We encourage riders to alter their trips if possible, use TriMet’s regular bus service, carpool, bike or consider other transportation options during the two-week project.

We’ve created a great animated map video, which is posted at trimet.org/firstavenue, that will help riders navigate the disruption.

Here is a breakdown of MAX service line by line during the project:

  • MAX Blue Line will be split into two separate segments. On the westside, MAX Blue Line will run between Hatfield Government Center and Library/Galleria stations. Riders heading further eastbound to/through Portland City Center, can catch a Blue, Red or Yellow line trains four blocks away at Pioneer Courthouse/SW 6th Ave Station, or take a nearby shuttle bus. It will be the only line running in this area and schedules will be adjusted with trains arriving about every 10 minutes during commuting hours and every 15 minutes during other hours.
  • Between Portland City Center and Gresham, MAX Blue Line will shift to run along 5th and 6th avenues between Portland State University and Gresham. Trains will operate less frequently, coming about every 20 minutes. Trains are expected to be extremely crowded during commuting hours.
  • MAX Green Line will not run in Portland City Center. The Green Line will run between Rose Quarter and Clackamas Town Center transit centers. Trains will operate less often, running about every 20 minutes and will likely be extremely crowded during commuting hours.
  • MAX Orange Line will run its regular route between SE Park Ave Station and downtown Portland. Trains will operate less frequently, arriving about every 20 minutes, and will likely be extremely crowded during commuting hours.
  • MAX Red Line will not operate west of Portland City Center. The Red Line will shift to run along 5th and 6th avenues in downtown Portland between Portland State University and Portland International Airport. Trains will operate less frequently, arriving about every 20 minutes, and will likely be extremely crowded during commuting hours.
  • MAX Yellow Line will run on its regular route between Expo Center and Portland State University. Trains will operate less frequently, arriving about every 20 minutes, and will likely be extremely crowded during commuting hours.

Get additional service details at trimet.org/firstavenue.

Please share with your co-workers. Thank you!

Roberta

ROBERTA ALTSTADT
Public Information Officer
TriMet Public Affairs - Communications
1800 SW 1st Ave., Suite 300, Portland, OR 97201
Office: 503-962-5669 Email: altstadr@trimet.org

PIO Team: pio@trimet.org or page 503-273-7402

 

One northbound lane on SW Naito Parkway to be converted to two-way walking and biking facility from May 2 to July 31, 2016

Better Naito is returning to Portland for a second summer. The pilot project, a partnership between Better Block PDX and the Portland Bureau of Transportation, creates a safe way for people to get to and around Portland’s summer of festivals at Waterfront Park. The project was first piloted in June 2015 during the two weeks of Rose Festival City Fair and returned for the Oregon Brewers Festival the same year.

Contact:

Dylan Rivera 503-823-3723

Dylan.rivera@portlandoregon.gov

Portland Bureau of Transportation

@PBOTinfo

Better Naito is Back:

One northbound lane on SW Naito Parkway to be converted to

two-way walking and biking facility from May 2 to July 31, 2016

(April 26, 2016) – Better Naito is returning to Portland for a second summer. The pilot project, a partnership between Better Block PDX and the Portland Bureau of Transportation, creates a safe way for people to get to and around Portland’s summer of festivals at Waterfront Park. The project was first piloted in June 2015 during the two weeks of Rose Festival City Fair and returned for the Oregon Brewers Festival the same year.

From May 2 to July 31, 2016, during all hours of the day, one northbound traffic lane from SW Main Street to NW Davis Street will be converted to a multi-use path for two-way walking and bicycling.

From July 1 to July 4 ONLY, the lane conversion will extend from SW Clay Street to NW Davis Street to accommodate people traveling to or around the Waterfront Blues Festival at the southern end of Waterfront Park.

The festivals in Tom McCall Waterfront Park draw almost 700,000 people between April and November; roughly 15,000 more people per day during peak season. But to reach the festivals, people are too often forced to squeeze into narrow dirt paths, walk in a bike lane, or bike in a travel lane with motorized traffic. Better Naito 2015 created a safe space for people to travel to and from these events.

As a result of Better Naito 2015’s success, the Portland Bureau of Transportation is granting Community Event Permits to the festivals and events taking place at and along Waterfront Park. The organizations will implement placemaking features along the Better Naito corridor and create a physically separated space for people walking and biking in order to help everyone safely and comfortably access the waterfront.

Data collected during the 2015 Better Naito found that during non-peak hours, motor vehicle travel times were not significantly affected. The travel time from the half mile stretch of SW Clay to SW Stark increased the most during AM and PM peak travel hours between 7:00-9:00 AM and 4:00-6:00 PM, with typical increases in motor vehicle travel times during peak hours between 45 seconds and one minute. The full report can be found on the Better Naito website: www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/NaitoParkway

A video produced by Better Block PDX about the 2015 Better Naito features interviews with community organizations, volunteers, City staff, and festival organizers about their successful work to transform one of Portland's most iconic streets. View the video on PBOT’s YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/YmNK6upDzLY

Additional details will be shared at a media event during the first week of May.

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The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is the steward of the City’s transportation system, and a community partner in shaping a livable city. We plan, build, manage and maintain an effective and safe transportation system that provides access and mobility. www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation

Hannah Schafer

Communications Specialist

Portland Bureau of Transportation

1120 SW 5th Avenue 8th Floor, Portland OR 97204

(503) 823-7248 | c: (503) 823-8656

hannah.schafer@portlandoregon.gov

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