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TriMet: Communication breakdown to blame for flooded train

Posted on November 13, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. — An internal TriMet review found that communication broke down at all levels during a Halloween storm that flooded one MAX train and took more than a dozen trains out of commission, The Oregonian reported.

Among the mistakes identified in the report, included a train order instructing operators to slow to 10 mph, which didn't provide enough guidance to operators and wasn't updated as conditions worsened; the agency not having rules that dictate what depth of standing water is safe for MAX trains; and assigning only one supervisor assigned to downtown Portland, which saw the worst conditions.

The agency has come up with a to-do list — with two-week deadlines — to address the communications breakdown and avoid a mess during the next winter storm. However, a storm is expected this weekend, which could rival the one two weeks earlier in rainfall. For the full story, click here.

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