Slow Ride

The Portland streetcar is coming to the east side, but records show it’s too broke to provide the service boosters promised.


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Last week, Mayor Sam Adams and about two dozen planners, consultants and other civic leaders took their first ride on the new eastside...   More
 
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 AARON MESH

Want to Give Discounted TriMet Passes to the Poor? Here's Your Chance

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With less than a month left until TriMet's fare hike and Free Rail Zone elimination kicks in on Sept. 1, the transit agency is offering 20 percent fare discount to nonprofits that give tickets and passes to low-income riders.But it's a limited-time offer. The deadline for the first round of applications—for $540,000 worth of fare discounts—is next Friday, Aug. 24. That's a two-week window to apply: ...   More
 
Thursday, August 16, 2012 AARON MESH

Adams Brokers Deal with TriMet on YouthPass

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Mayor Sam Adams' gambit to save the YouthPass has worked.Three weeks after the mayor threatened to raise the transit agency's bus-shelter fees by $2 million unless it agreed to restore free bus and train rides for Portland Public Schools students, the city has brokered a deal. The cost is split three ways: The city will pay TriMet $200,000, and Portland Public Schools will pay $950,000. TriMet swallows ...   More
 
Friday, July 20, 2012 by Aaron Mesh

Gimme Shelter

Adams’ play to restore TriMet’s YouthPass for city students leaves the region’s leaders steaming.


News Stories
Mayor Sam Adams doesn’t usually attend Metro’s Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation—the board of elected officials...   More
 
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 AARON MESH

Washington County Asks TriMet to Limit YouthPass Fallout to Portland

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Washington County board chairman Andy Duyck has asked TriMet to restrict any service cuts to Multnomah County if the transit agency restores the YouthPass program, WW has learned.Duyck called TriMet general manager Neil MacFarlane on June 27—the day after Portland Mayor Sam Adams threatened a $2 million hike on bus-shelter fees if TriMet didn't put the YouthPass back in its budget. The city has postponed ...   More
 
Thursday, July 5, 2012 by Aaron Mesh

Murmurs: Top Local Planned Parenthood Official Out

Paying a headhunter to find a headhunter.


Murmurs
The top official at Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette is out after 179 health-care workers fought for—and won—a union contract in a battle that brought unwanted publicity for the organization   More
 
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Who Gets TriMet's $1 Million Fund for Low-Income Riders?

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Buried under the tide of fare increases and service cuts in the budget TriMet passed yesterday is a sliver of good news for the transit agency's poorest riders.Before approving a budget designed to fill a $12 million shortfall, TriMet's board of directors accepted an amendment from Southeast Portland board member Consuelo Saragoza to dedicate $1 million to a program designed to blunt the impact of ...   More
 
Friday, June 15, 2012 AARON MESH

TriMet Board Kills Free Rail Zone, Approves Fare Hike

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The TriMet board of directors passed a budget this afternoon that fills a $12 million shortfall by ending the Free Rail Zone, cutting bus service and raising two-hour fares to a flat fee of $2.50. That's a 40-cent hike from a current two-hour ticket.The changes will go into effect Sept. 1.The proposed budget has been under discussion for months, and the only suspense today was whether TriMet would ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 AARON MESH

Budget Busters

A riders’ advocacy group challenges TriMet to rethink its fare hikes and service cuts.


News Stories
TriMet is zooming ahead with plans to close a $12 million budget gap for next year by raising ticket prices, cutting bus service and ending the free-rail zone. The transit agency’s board is set    More
 
Wednesday, June 6, 2012 AARON MESH

TriMet Life

I rode for three days and 242 miles on public transit. Here’s who I met.


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The No. 6 bus is doing just fine until the wheelchairs show up. A soaking Tuesday has cleared into afternoon blue skies. The southbound No. 6 leaves Jantzen Beach at 3:22 pm, so empty that passe   More
 
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 AARON MESH

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