OR: TriMet Operations Running "relatively" Smoothly in Portland, Officials Say

Feb. 10--TriMet has some good news for transit commuters Monday afternoon: as storms retreat from the Portland area, transit operations are running "relatively" smoothly.

Specifically, that means all buses remain chained -- and will continue to do so while officials evaluate whether it is safe to remove the chains. The chained buses are running slowly, and many areas remain a challenge, said Roberta Altstadt, a TriMet spokesman.

Stay tuned for a decision on when to restore service on eight canceled routes and roughly 20 detoured routes, she said.

Meanwhile, crews are continuing to clear TriMet owned Park and Ride facilities and de-ice platforms. But just as commuters have encountered slick conditions on sidewalks and streets across the region, caution is called for on TriMet properties, Altstadt.

Riders are warned not to run for buses and trains across potentially icy surfaces.

Crews have repaired elevators at the Northeast 60th MAX Station. As of 2 p.m., all elevators are back in operation at other MAX stations.

-- Kimberly A.C. Wilson

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