Just another day on line 51-Vista. I sat in my favorite spot in the bus-the first seat next to the main door.
"11th and Alder," the bus driver called out. I smiled. This was one of the few operators I've ridden with that actually calls out the stops. In general, no one really needs stops called out.
Buildings passed by the windows as the little 30 footer bus chugged along 11th up to Morrison. Chains on the bus made the ride very loud, rattly and vibrate a fair bit.
A strange sight came into view-a red line max and a not in service max both on the break away tracks at the Yamhill/Morrison and 11th layover area. This was unusual. Sure, it is a designated place for trains to stop for any reason, but it is rare for trains to be stopped in there, let alone two, one with the red line to the airport sign still displayed.
As the bus turned onto Morrison two white shirt cars (supervisor cars) came into view. One had a reflective vest on and held some sort of pole and appeared to be looking at the max tracks. (The others, i assume were keeping warm in the little break room or their nice warm cars).
Were the tracks damaged or iced over? I know there's something going on with the red line, but what?
What's going on with the Max?