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

Orca best known for erectile fin dysfunction, murder.


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


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


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.

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

TriMet Taking Down Gresham's Living Room

Read about how teenagers spent their nights in the furniture


TriMet is removing its 12-year-old Living Room sculpture from the Gresham Transit Center—because too many loitering teenagers are sitting in the concrete furniture.The sculpture will be dismantled at the end of October and returned to its creator, artist Tamsie Ringler."Completed in 2001, the artwork has raised safety and security concerns since 2008," writes TriMet spokeswoman Mary Fetsch. "The ...   More
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 AARON MESH

Bus Riders Say TriMet's New Fare Machines Cut Down Weekend Transfer Times


This July, TriMet debuted new fare machines on its buses—replacing driver-issued newsprint transfers with a 2-hour, computer-printed fare. The regional transit agency celebrated the new fare printers as the end of confusion caused by transfers torn off and punched by drivers, and the start of a consistent system for single-fare riders.Members of the local bus rider's union say the change did something ...   More
Friday, September 27, 2013 AARON MESH

TriMet Could Extend Bus Transfers to Three Hours, All Night After 7 pm

Or not.


With TriMet readying for another round of laborious contract bargaining with its drivers' union, the transit agency is opening up negotiations on a second front—and this one could save riders money by making bus tickets last longer. But this concession isn't a done deal, either. OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon, a neighborhood organizing group that's become Portland's de facto bus riders’ union, ...   More
Thursday, April 25, 2013 by Aaron Mesh


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