Major delays continue for TriMet buses, some MAX trains Friday
A foot of snow earlier this week has caused plenty of problems for TriMet buses and MAX trains Friday morning, as below-freezing temperatures continue to linger.
A train derailed due to ice at Rose Quarter, and cars have gotten stuck in the ice ruts next to rails at intersections that cross tracks, TriMet officials said. Though they've tried to clear it, they continue have problems and ice melt is not effective due to build-up.
Drivers should be careful along Blue line tracks along E Burnside and Yellow line tracks along Interstate.
MAX service updates:
MAX Blue Line is running the full length between Hillsboro and Gresham, but with major delays at times.
MAX Red Line service is mainly running between Gateway and Portland International Airport, with train service about every 20 to 30 minutes.
MAX Green Line service is running only between Gateway and Clackamas, with train service about every 20 to 30 minutes.
MAX Orange/Yellow Line is being restored between SE Park Ave and Expo Center. Shuttle buses continue to provide some trips between Interstate/Rose Quarter and Expo Center.
An early morning in-service train was moving from the Blue Line alignment to the Yellow Line alignment. Shortly before 4:30 a.m., after stopping at the Rose Quarter Transit Center, the train was moving slowly through a little used section of track to reach the Yellow Line at Interstate/Rose Quarter. Ice had built up in this section of track causing the train to come off the rails. This section of track is mainly only used in the late night and early morning. This is the first time we have experienced a derailment due to ice. The train remained upright. A few riders were on board and there were no reports of injury at the time.
BUS service updates:
Bus lines throughout the region are experiencing major delays due to hazardous road conditions.
Some lines remain canceled, on snow route or detoured.
All buses are on chains and cannot go faster than 25 mph.
Riders should plan extra time and check trimet.org/alerts before they go.
WES Commuter Rail is running normal today.
LIFT continues to provide life-sustaining trips.