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TriMet is apologizing to riders and taking emergency steps to reduce unexpectedly long systemwide delays of MAX trains because of a construction project in the Lloyd District.

The response may cause even more delays for some riders until Friday, however. Beginning Tuesday morning, Red Line trains will not be running between the Lloyd Center MAX Station and the Gateway Transit Center.

According to TriMet, anyone heading to the Portland International Airport from the west side or downtown should take any MAX train to the Convention Center MAX Station, transfer to its shuttle bus service to Lloyd Center Station and then catch a Blue or Green Line to Gateway. There, riders will be able to board a Red Line to the airport or destinations along the Red Line between Gateway and the airport, TriMet says.

The change is service is intended to reduce delays throughout much of the MAX system that unexpectedly happened Monday morning when work began to replace tracks and a switch in the Lloyd District. TriMet apologized for the delays and the inconvenience expected to occur until the project is finished on Aug. 15.

"We apologize for the inconvenience to our riders and appreciate their understanding. We do believe this will help mitigate delays we experienced with MAX service during the Lloyd District disruption this morning," says TriMet Public Information Officer Roberta Altstadt.

High temperatures aggravated the problems because TriMet reduces the speed of MAX trains to avoid damaging rails and overhead power lines. The regional transit agency urged riders to plan an additional 30 to 60 minutes for their trips.

For additional information on the project and a detour map, visit http://news.trimet.org/2014/08/trimet-track-improvement-project-at-lloyd-district-to-start-aug-11-impacts-to-bus-and-max-service/

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