Update on Talks Between TriMet and Its Union: They Can't Even Agree to Meet

If you're wondering what the latest is in the long battle over negotiations between TriMet and its union, this email today from ATU Local 757 president Jon Hunt to TriMet general manager Neil McFarlane should catch you up. The essence of the email, which the union put on its website, is that the union doesn't even see any purpose in meeting. Here's Hunt's entire email: Neil, I received ...   More
Tuesday, November 23, 2010 HANK STERN

Trimet Faces Multi-Million-Dollar Lawsuit in Pedestrian Deaths

TriMet faces a lawsuit from the family of a pedestrian run over and killed by one of its buses on April 24 in Old Town and from another pedestrian injured in the incident. The lawsuit seeks $10 million from the public transit agency for each of the two victims. The suit (PDF) was filed Tuesday on behalf of two residents of Vancouver, Wash. Danielle Sale, 22, was killed in the crash. Erik ...   More
Wednesday, December 8, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

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

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

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

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…

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

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

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?

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


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