Got a Beef with TriMet? Become a Bus Rider Advocate ... and Get Paid


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Calling all bus riders: OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon is willing to pay you a $600 annual stipend to be on its advocacy team in 2011. The community organization is seeking TriMet bus riders who depend on public transit and want to help TriMet improve its system. OPAL co-director Rev. Joseph Santos-Lyons says his organization hopes to assemble five to 10 bus rider advocates. He expects ...   More
 
Monday, December 27, 2010 REBECCA JACOBSON

Three Things You Should Know as 2011 Approaches


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WW would like to offer you, dear reader, three New Year's particulars to keep you on your game tomorrow night: 1. Bar hopping? TriMet's bus and MAX service will be free after 8 pm. And MAX trains will run until 3 am. 2. Spending big? No worries. Oregon's minimum wage will rise by 10 cents on New Year's Day to $8.50 (that's $208 more in 2011 for the full-time worker.) 3. Resolving to bike ...   More
 
Thursday, December 30, 2010 STACY BROWNHILL

TriMet's New Service-Animal Rule Could Allow Miniature Horses


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Our latest edition of Portland Afoot newsletter reminded us about TriMet's plan to adopt new rules for service animals, modeled after new federal regulations on the same topic, on March 15. Those federal rules say a "service animal" is a dog trained to assist a person with a disability—not any other animal or a dog whose only job is to give emotional comfort. Until TriMet adopts its new ...   More
 
Tuesday, January 18, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

Driving in a winter wonderland…


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As commuters slip and slide around Portland's streets, TriMet reports about 20 minor fender-benders involving its vehicles — none of which required emergency responders. The total cost for these fender-benders has not been calculated, says TriMet spokeswoman Peggy LaPoint. But the true victims of this recent stretch of Palinesque Alaskan weather? “We've had lots of broken chains,” ...   More
 
Tuesday, December 23, 2008 Dan Green

Your Federal Stimulus Money At Work: TriMet Will Keep Your Bike Safe...Partially


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Here's a move that should make TriMet-riding bicyclists happy at a time when many TriMet users are unhappy over proposed service cuts. TriMet announced today it will build new bike lockers and renovate some older ones with $1 million in federal stimulus money. On the to-do list: -Building 250 new lockers at the Beaverton and Sunset transit centers. -Replacing 100 lockers in the Central ...   More
 
Monday, March 9, 2009 Dan Green

Drink, Don't Drive: A WW reader's guide to boozy bussing


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Reader Blair Ivey, inspired by the public transit pub crawls we devised for our 2009 Drink Guide, has mapped all of the bars in our guide with the bus, MAX and streetcar routes that serve them. A world in which TriMet's disembodied voices announce not only stops but nearby drinking establishments is now one step closter to being. Here are the results of his work for Northwest and Southwest Portland ...   More
 
Friday, June 19, 2009 BEN WATERHOUSE

Bye Bye To Fareless Square For Buses?


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TriMet proposed today to limit Fareless Square to MAX and the Portland Streetcar, eliminating free bus rides in the square after 34 years of that service. TriMet's rationale? Four MAX lines will serve Fareless Square when the MAX Green Line opens in September, meaning "most trips within fareless could easily be taken on rail." The transit agency also proposed reducing bus frequency by 2-4 minutes ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 HANK STERN

Few Speak Out At Open House To Preserve Fareless Square For Buses


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After the first of two open houses today about TriMet's proposal to cut free bus rides out of Fareless Square, one might assume that Portlanders are either waiting to voice their opinion at tonight's second open house or that they've given up the fight to preserve fareless service for buses downtown. TriMet is considering two cost-savings measures — limiting Fareless Square to MAX and ...   More
 
Monday, July 13, 2009 Allison Ferre

Why TriMet Says Its Ridership Dropped Last Month


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TriMet's July ridership numbers are in. And they don't look so good. Stats from last month show 8.5 million trips last month on buses, MAX and WES — an 8 percent drop from July 2008. Bus lines during rush hour took the biggest hit — with ridership down 17.3 percent from last year at the same time. Though still down overall, weekend trips suffered the smallest drop with just a 5 percent ...   More
 
Monday, August 10, 2009 Allison Ferre

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