Austin Wishes It Had a Light-Rail System Like Portland's

Except for the employee pensions, reduced bus service and political backlash.

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Look on our light-rail system, ye Austinites, and despair. The city council of Austin, Texas, is trying to persuade city voters to fund a $600 million light-rail line. So the local newspaper, The Austin American-Statesman, came to Oregon to conduct an in-depth examination of the rail system that's given Texan transit wonks a case of "Portland envy."Their findings? Portland's transit system is ...   More
 
Monday, August 11, 2014 AARON MESH

MAP: Where Would the New, Billion-Dollar Light-Rail Tunnels Go?

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Regional officials are starting to blanch at the potential costs of drilling a new light-rail tunnel into the West Hills. As WW reported Tuesday, Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick and others have asked regional planning agency Metro to slow down on studying possible tunnels under Oregon Health and Sciences University, as part of a new transit line to Tualatin.Novick warned local governments would ...   More
 
Thursday, June 12, 2014 AARON MESH

TriMet Reduces Youth Fare

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TriMet says it's cutting fares for riders under the age of 17. Single ticket rides will fall by 40 cents, to $1.25, and the monthly pass will be cut by $2, to $28. The lower fares take effect Sept. 1.The cut comes after a recent history for fare hikes by TriMet.The transit agency also renewed free transit passes for Portland Public Schools high school students. PPS is the only school district ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 CAMBRIA ROTH

Fun Facts About Tilikum, the Serial Killer Whale TriMet Named its New Bridge After

Orca best known for erectile fin dysfunction, murder.

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Wednesday's announcement that TriMet has named the new Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Bridge after the murderous orca Tilikum has led to renewed interest in the life and homicides of this beloved killer whale. The transit agency had considered other names for the bridge, but ruled out the most-suggested name, that of popular street musician "Working" Kirk Reeves, after determining that he lacked ...   More
 
Thursday, April 17, 2014 Matthew Korfhage and Aaron Mesh

Somebody Made a Papier-Mâché Memorial to Working Kirk Reeves on the Hawthorne Bridge

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Over the past week, TriMet has been explaining why "Working" Kirk Reeves, the most suggested name for the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Bridge, isn't an appropriate choice.Chet Orloff, the chair of the bridge naming committee, said Wednesday that Reeves, who performed on trumpet for commuters until his suicide in 2012, doesn't have the "historical and lasting significance" required for the transit ...   More
 
Monday, January 27, 2014 AARON MESH

Lane Jensen Given Suspended Sentence for Harassing TriMet Spokeswoman

Anti-TriMet blogger ordered to not contact spokeswoman Roberta Altstadt for three years

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Anti-TriMet blogger Lane Jensen today was given a suspended sentence for telephonic harassment, and was ordered to have no contact with agency spokeswoman Roberta Altstadt for three years.Jensen pleaded no contest Jan. 17 to one count of telephonic harassment for repeatedly texting questions to Altstadt's personal cell phone Oct. 15. His plea deal means prosecutors dropped 30 other counts of telephonic ...   More
 
Friday, January 24, 2014 by Aaron Mesh

TriMet Bridge-Naming Chairman: Kirk Reeves Lacks Historical and Regional Significance

"This has never been a popularity contest."

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TriMet is dealing with public outcry over the revelation that it bypassed the most popular name suggestion for its new transit bridge, longtime street musician "Working" Kirk Reeves.WW first reported Friday that more than 840 people suggested Reeves' name for the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Bridge—far more than submitted the four names TriMet chose as finalists.Today, the regional transit agency ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 AARON MESH

Murmurs: All The News That’s Left Under The Tree.


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Portland Public Schools spent $135,703 in October to send 79 employees, including Superintendent Carole Smith, to a national conference in St. Louis sponsored by one of its more controversial consulta   More
 
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

A Visit From the TriMet Squad

A blogger is arrested after repeatedly texting questions to a transit agency spokeswoman.


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Lane Jensen recognized the cops who came for him.  The 26-year-old blogger had tangled before with officers of local police departments who work for TriMet, the transit agency Jensen regula   More
 
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 AARON MESH

Fans of "Working" Kirk Reeves Start Campaign to Name New TriMet Bridge After Him

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Fans of the late "Working" Kirk Reeves have started a Facebook campaign to name the new TriMet transit bridge after the street musician.Reeves was a fixture at the eastbound on-ramp to the Hawthorne Bridge, wearing a white tuxedo and Mickey Mouse ears, serenading passersby with his trumpet. Plagued by health problems, he fatally shot himself in November 2012.TriMet is asking members of the public to ...   More
 
Monday, October 21, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

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