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

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

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

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

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

TriMet Sued After Attack For Allegedly Lax Security

A woman who was attacked by teenagers on the MAX last year is suing TriMet for allegedly failing to provide adequate security on public transport. Staci Lynn Smith, the woman who filed the lawsuit, was one of the victims in a highly publicized attack June 9, 2008, on the MAX Yellow Line along North Interstate Avenue. Police implicated five teenagers in the racially charged incident. According ...   More
Tuesday, August 4, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Why TriMet Says Its Ridership Dropped Last Month

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

A Free Ride For Portland High School Students

This morning Portland City Council will consider an intergovernmental agreement with Portland Public Schools and TriMet to give all high school students in PPS a free, unlimited bus pass for the upcoming school year. Classes start Sept. 8. PPS is contributing the $800,000 it already put aside to pay for bus passes for a small portion of its students (whose transportation to and from school is ...   More
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

JUICY SUITS: Skater Vs. TriMet Bus

A skateboarder is suing TriMet after he was allegedly hit by a bus in Southeast Portland. According to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Multnomah County Circuit Court, 23-year-old Clayton Stubblefield was skating near the intersection of Southeast 7th Street and Hawthorne on July 17, 2008. He was hit by a TriMet bus merging into the lane he was skating in, the lawsuit says. Stubblefield suffered ...   More
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

No More Free Buses in Fareless Square

TriMet's board voted this morning to eliminate free buses rides within Fareless Square beginning Jan. 3. The 5-1 6-1 vote followed months of public commentary and was contingent on the expansion of two additional MAX lines being routed through Fareless Square. MAX and Streetcar travel in the square will remain free. Board members Rick Van Beveren and Robert Williams supported the ordinance, ...   More
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 Allison Ferre


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