TriMet Releases Latest Version of Proposed Cuts


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TriMet's latest version of its proposed service cuts has only two bus lines cut, compared to the previous three (the #65 will not be discontinued). But alas, the proposed 5-cent fare increase for all riders remains. According to the transit agency, about 50 bus lines are proposed to have some changes, including 10 lines with more significant reductions (27, 32, 45, 51, 58, 65, 73, 157; changes ...   More
 
Tuesday, April 20, 2010 Peter Griffin

TriMet Crash: Did Driver Make an Illegal Turn?


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New information released by Portland police raises the question of whether the driver of the TriMet bus that on April 24 struck five pedestrians — killing two of them and seriously injuring a third — was making an illegal turn. TriMet and the bus driver's union are releasing little information about what driver Sandi Day has said about the accident. TriMet spokeswoman Becky Witt ...   More
 
Friday, April 30, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Grand Jury Declines to Indict TriMet Driver for Fatal Collision (Updated)


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The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office just announced that a grand jury has declined to indict Sandi Day, the driver in the fatal April 24 TriMet bus accident. The crash killed two pedestrians and seriously injured a third in Old Town. The grand jury decided Day was not guilty of negligent homicide. But the Portland Police may still charge Day with one or more violations, according ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

No More Cell Phone Use For TriMet Drivers On The Job


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TriMet drivers, turn off your cell phones now. That edict by TriMet general manager Neil McFarlane is one of two changes he announced today aimed at improving safety in response to a bus crash April 24 that killed two pedestrians and injured another. The new policy dealing with personal electronic devices is in contrast to TriMet's earlier policy of requiring that those devices merely be ...   More
 
Monday, July 12, 2010 Jacob Reingold

TriMet and Drivers At Contract Impasse


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TriMet and its drivers union have gone through months of bargaining on a new contract after the existing deal expired last Nov. 30. That was followed on June 7 by mediation between TriMet and the 2,000-member Amalgamated Transit Union, Division 757. Mediation failed to bring a new deal, so now both sides told the state Employment Relations Board they're at an impasse. And that means each side ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 HANK STERN

BikePortland Reports Trouble For a Best of Portland Honoree


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Here's an update, as first reported today by BikePortland, on Dan Christensen, who was among the honorees in this week's Best of Portland as "Best Bet Against Sam Adams in a Municipal Twitter Smackdown": TriMet placed Christensen on administrative leave today after Christensen wrote a piece on his blog with the headline, "PORTLAND! KILL THIS BICYCLIST!" BikePortland reports in this piece that ...   More
 
Thursday, July 22, 2010 HANK STERN

Feeling Cranky Toward TriMet? There's a Protest For You.


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When TriMet's nickel fare increase and service cuts take effect on Sept. 1, there will be a demonstration in downtown Portland to protest on that same day. So mark your calendars if you're ticked about TriMet's higher fare and reduced service (or even about TriMet's recent decision to ask voters to OK a $125 million bond this fall) to show up outside City Hall at 4 pm on Wednesday, Sept. 1 for ...   More
 
Monday, August 16, 2010 HANK STERN

Protesters Rally In Response to TriMet Fare Increase


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City Hall this afternoon drew dozens of protesters concerned about recent changes at TriMet. Today, of course, marked the first day of TriMet's nickel fare increase, a move that raised the cost of riding a TriMet bus across two zones to $2.05. Meantime, TriMet has continued to cut services even as it prepares to ask voters for a new $125 million bond in November. While denouncing the service ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 1, 2010 Jason Slotkin

Money Watch: New Big Donors to the Portland Fire Bond Campaign


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City Commissioner Nick Fish and Beam Construction and Management are the latest large donors to the Yes campaign on the city of Portland's $72.4 million bond measure for the Fire Bureau. Fish and Beam Development each ponied up $2,500 to the fire bond campaign. (Fish, who won his re-election to City Council in May, also tapped his campaign fund for a much smaller donation of $250 to Democratic ...   More
 
Thursday, August 19, 2010 HANK STERN

TriMet Union's Response to McFarlane Memo


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As we reported yesterday, TriMet general manager Neil McFarlane laid out some grim news on wages and health care costs for union and non-union employees. Well, the union—Amalgamated Transit Union #757—responded today with a "not so fast" letter from president Jon Hunt, in which he called McFarlane's message a "crude attempt to incite anxiety in folks" or as Hunt put it, "blatant ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 29, 2010 HANK STERN

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