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

Clackamas Light Rail Vote Doesn't Really Mean Anything


The ballot measure language for Clackamas County's May 21 vote on light rail is out, and the wording is just as confusing as most of what's going on down there.Clackamas County is in the throes of a light rail rebellion. Board of Commission Chairman John Ludlow and Commissioner Tootie Smith were swept into office on the back of anti-Portland creep sentiment and funded by Stimson Lumber CEO Andrew ...   More
Friday, March 29, 2013 by Andrea Damewood

TriMet Moves Operator's Action Suit to Federal Court


Former TriMet driver and prolific blogger Al Margulies has filed a multimillion-dollar class action lawsuit against the transit agency, alleging unfair labor practices.On Wednesday, TriMet's lawyer filed a motion to move the case from Multnomah County Circuit Court to Oregon District Court, saying the suit is a federal question.The suit asks for $20 million, with $10 million in state labor claims and ...   More
Thursday, March 21, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Dr. Know: Orange You Glad it's MAX?

What is the city doing at the Southeast Clinton Street railroad crossing on 11th and 12th avenues?

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What the fuck is the city doing at the Southeast Clinton Street railroad crossing on 11th and 12th avenues?   More
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Video: Why Neil McFarlane Wants to Allow TriMet Bus Drivers to Strike


 TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane stopped by our office last Thursday for an interview before giving his "State of TriMet" report this morning. That report was more like a war council, with McFarlane offering his opening tactic in a contract battle with TriMet's employee union: Accept smaller healthcare benefits, or the transit agency will have to cut 70 percent of bus service by the ...   More
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 AARON MESH


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