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

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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

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.


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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.


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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

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