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TriMet: No safety concerns with rail tracks

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TriMet says a recent inspection of its MAX light-rail tracks by the Oregon Department of Transportation found "no concerns for public safety."

Officials with the regional transit agency have scheduled a press conference for Friday morning to release the ODOT report.

The inspection was conducted last Friday after Amalgamated Transit Union 757 issued a press release citing what it called numerous safety problems with the MAX system. They included dirty switching equipment, worn rails and weakened underground supports.

TriMet dismissed the charges as part of a public relations campaign mounted by the union to divert attention away from the high health benefits received by its members. TriMet and ATU 757 are currently involved in a bitter dispute over the current and labor contract.

TriMet says it welcomed the inspection after ATU 757 President Bruce Hansen made the charges.