The TriMet Trilogy

Portland filmmaker El Gato Negro wants hipsters to have a heart.

Movie Reviews & Stories
Howard Mitchell is old school. The Portland filmmaker behind the TriMet Trilogy showing at Mission Theater this Sunday cites such deadly earnest (and just plain dead) heavyweights as John Cassavetes,    More
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 CHRIS STAMM

Credit Score

Trimet and a Portland broker work around the legislature’s rules on selling tax credits to wealthy investors.

News Stories
Dan Wieden recently did something few Oregonians can do: He bought a dollar for 75 cents. Wieden, co-founder of Portland’s Wieden+Kennedy advertising agency, purchased a $1.8 million state income    More
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Driver’s Record

A TriMet driver’s criminal past becomes an issue in a union election—and embarrasses the transit agency.

News Stories
TriMet and the transit agency’s biggest union share many problems. They blame each other for the financial troubles ailing the agency. TriMet points to  an overly generous contract with exp   More
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 ANTHONY MACUK

Dr. Know: Why can't TriMet schedule the MAX trains so that I don't just miss my connecting train?

Dr. Know
My commute entails changing MAX trains at the Rose Quarter. Nearly every time, I arrive just in time to see the connecting train leaving. Why can’t TriMet use Transit Tracker data to adjust    More
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Haunted House's Proposed TriMet Ads Mock Street Fee, Fluoride and Reservoir Urination


Nothing sends a chill down Portlanders' spines like paying taxes for road paving or chemically treating the tap water. That's the gist of new advertisements haunted house FrightTown plans to plaster on the side of TriMet buses. The transit agency tells WW the ads will begin this month.The proposed signs, purchased to promote the annual Halloween attraction in Veterans Memorial Coliseum, take aim at ...   More
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 AARON MESH

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

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


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?


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


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.


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


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