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

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

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

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

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

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

TriMet Increases Security After Terrorist Suspects Arrested in Denver

TriMet announced this morning it's boosting security on public transit in response to the Sept. 19 arrests of two Denver men allegedly involved in a terrorist plot to set off explosives in the New York City subway system. Local transit officials say to expect police randomly boarding MAX trains and buses, and to be present at various stops and platforms. To be clear, there are no reports ...   More
Tuesday, September 22, 2009 Amanda Ingram

TriMet Cans MAX Driver In Toddler Incident (UPDATED with union reaction)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8J_SaNjOb_c[/youtube] TriMet announced this afternoon that it's terminating the driver of the MAX train who was at the switch when a 3-year-old boy got separated from his dad at a station. TriMet said in a news release that the train operator violated agency procedures and failed to respond to four calls on the emergency intercom system that would have ...   More
Wednesday, November 25, 2009 HANK STERN

TriMet Passes For Private School Students Too?

The Multnomah County Youth Commission is calling for an expansion of a recently-passed plan that provides free bus passes in the city to Portland public high school students. The commission wants to extend the free passes to private and alternative school kids, according to this story in the Catholic Sentinel. In drawing up the original plan, the commission sought to give students the ability ...   More
Tuesday, November 24, 2009 Brittany Rogers

Trimet: Operator at Fault for Leaving Toddler at Station

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8J_SaNjOb_c[/youtube] TriMet announced today that it's placed on paid administrative leave the operator whose actions contributed to the separation of a father from his 3-year-old son at a train station last week. The Nov. 16 incident, which has earned national attention, occurred after 3-year-old Aiden Bailey hit the ramp button while exiting the train. ...   More
Monday, November 23, 2009 JONATHAN CROWL


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