The agency admitted that service via MAX or bus will be slow and include long wait times as they struggle with the icy conditions.

PORTLAND, Ore. — TriMet temporarily suspended all MAX lines Friday morning as snow and freezing rain continued to fall across the Portland metro area. By later in the afternoon, the agency said it was beginning to restore service, albeit slowly.

According to TriMet, a limited restart of MAX service started at 1:30 p.m. The agency said there would be long wait times and trains would be traveling at reduced speeds.

“We expect the process to take some time, and we continue to ask our riders for patience as we work to get MAX safely running again,” the agency said in a statement. “Please use extreme caution and care at MAX stations, transit centers and bus stops; they are slick due to ice and snow.”

Portland Streetcar service was canceled entirely and is expected to return Saturday morning with regular service.

Bus service to primary routes has also been reduced to “frequent service only,” TriMet reported, including lines FX2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 12, 14, 15, 20, 33, 54, 56, 57, 72, 73, 75 and 76. TriMet said buses are running with heavy-duty chains, which means they can travel no faster than 25 miles per hour.

“We are sorry for the inconvenience and appreciate our riders’ patience as we work through this severe weather event, with the goal of resuming service as soon and as safely as possible,” TriMet said.

TriMet said its LIFT paratransit service will provide life-sustaining trips only through 10 a.m. Saturday.

Check trimet.org/alerts frequently as the information about disruptions, delays and cancellations can change rapidly throughout the day.

During Multnomah County’s state of emergency, TriMet announced they would not turn away riders unable to pay fare if they’re traveling to or from a warming space. Riders can find other weather-related information here.

On Thursday night, TriMet began preparing for snow and freezing rain and warned riders to be safe and plan for delays. A number of MAX lines reported disruptions Thursday morning due to debris on overhead wires.

On Wednesday, crews applied ice melt at transit centers, MAX stations and major bus stops.

“We’re asking everyone to please, with these freezing cold temperatures bundle up,” said TriMet spokesperson Tia York on Thursday. “If you have a pair of ice trackers or winter walkers put them on; those will help you get through the snow and ice on your way to your stop or station and always check before you go.”

York said once the freezing rain starts, TriMet would run trains overnight to keep lines clear of ice and use ice cutters when needed. York said riders should expect disruptions to service and build in extra travel time. She said when possible, TriMet would send buses to bridge service.

“I say when possible because when we are in a severe weather event we have to get those buses to the disruption location and they may encounter other obstacles getting there,” York said.



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