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Actually, many comments to this article are mostly well reasoned and minimally trollish. It is interesting how the Trimet PR person (maybe inaccurately) said that the engineering was based on average weather conditions, not extremes. As someone pointed out, try designing a bridge to only support the average weight of vehicles, not the extremes of huge vehicle weights or no weight.Will light rail systems like MAX get Uber'ized in a couple decades by electric powered, automated driver, bus-like vehicles? Of course,then someone will make a fortune modifying or ripping up much of this infrastructure.
Issues like sun kinks are things that even freight railroads have to deal with. But TriMet is trying to do something about it: http://howweroll.trimet.org/2016/08/12/minimizing-heat-delays-on-max/
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