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MAX returns to regular service following renovation project

COURTESY TRIMET - A MAX train tests new tracks, signals and switches as part of the Rose Quarter MAX Improvements project.MAX trains resumed regular service Sunday morning following the successful completion of a two-week renovation project in Rose Quarter Transit Center.

The Rose Quarter MAX Improvements project replaced switches, realigned the track way, and upgraded the signal system to make for a smoother, more reliable ride through the station. It followed major improvements along 1st Avenue in downtown Portland in May.

TriMet officials thanked riders for their patience during the projects.

The Rose Quarter Improvements project rejuvenated a portion of the original MAX line TriMet celebrates the 30th anniversary of its first light rail segment between Portland and Gresham. That lined opened on September 5, 1986, and was among just a few new light rail lines in the country. Since then MAX trains have traveled nearly 77 million miles and provided about 688 million trips, TriMet says.

The next project will be spring of 2017 in the area of Southwest 11th Avenue in downtown Portland.