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

Video: TriMet GM Neil McFarlane Says Fare-Hopping is a Crime


When TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane stopped by WW's office last Thursday, we had to ask him about the stings.Last year, as the regional transit agency ended its Free Rail Zone and increased fares, it also escalated its fare enforcement. TriMet began setting up corrals outside Timbers and Trail Blazers games, forcing passengers disembarking trains to show their tickets before being allowed to ...   More
Thursday, February 14, 2013 AARON MESH

Hotseat: Neil McFarlane

TriMet’s GM on the agency’s union costs, big penalties for fare dodgers, and why service cuts won’t be restored anytime soon.

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Neil McFarlane built his career on expanding TriMet. But he has become the face of cutbacks.  TriMet’s general manager since 2010, McFarlane has been locked in a bitter struggle with the    More
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 AARON MESH

Voices 2013: Al Margulies

The TriMet watchdog says riders should demand more from the agency.

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Al Margulies has more time than ever to be the scourge of the transit agency he calls “TriMess.” Margulies—one of the most outspoken of the transit agency’s public watchdogs—was a TriMet   More
Wednesday, January 2, 2013 AARON MESH

TriMet Wins Arbitration With Union

ATU pledges to fight; arbitrator says sides engaged in "zero sum game"

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An arbitrator has ruled in favor of TriMet in the transit agency's battle with its union over its current contract.ORIGINAL POST, 1:48 pm:The ruling—binding and effective immediately—made today by arbitrator David Gaba saves TriMet $5 million in employee benefits sought by the Amalgamated Transit Union. The cash-strapped agency had set aside $20 million in a rainy-day fund in fear of losing the ...   More
Friday, July 13, 2012 by Aaron Mesh

Choo-Choo Changes

The new head of City Hall will be a “transportation mayor”—whether he wants that title or not.

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The next Portland mayor wakes up this morning in charge of a City Hall filled with potholes. The city’s settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice over police mistreatment of the mentally    More
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 AARON MESH

More Than 40 Nonprofits Apply to Give TriMet Tickets to Poor People


Low-income Portlanders seeking free TriMet tickets and passes should soon know where to look: More than 40 nonprofits have applied for a transit-agency program giving them fares at a 20 percent discount.As previously reported by WW, the $1 million program is a last-minute response to public outcry at a TriMet  fare hike coupled with abolishing the Free Rail Zone. Both those changes go into effect ...   More
Tuesday, August 28, 2012 AARON MESH

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


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