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TriMet resumes regular light-rail service following track work

TriMet crews working near the Rose Quarter Transit Center in Portland replaced track, upgraded switches and installed a new switch machine.
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The Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet) yesterday resumed regular service on the MAX light-rail’s Blue, Green and Red lines following the completion of track work near the Rose Quarter Transit Center in Portland. 

The work included curved track replacement, two switches and track upgrades, and installation of a new machine for a third switch, TriMet officials said in a press release. 

TriMet also installed a straight rail on Holladay Street between Ninth and 11th avenues to replace a section of track where trains could switch from one set of tracks to the other, as it was not used often, agency officials said.

In addition, TriMet extended an underground circuit loop at Rose Quarter. The loop, known as a train to wayside communication, senses when trains are on the tracks. Previously, it would, at times, indicate trains were on the system when they were not. The new, longer connection will reduce unnecessary delays, TriMet officials said.

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