Monday, August 31, 2009
Al, I just posted this on the Yahoo page too. The text about trading in a MAX ticket for a transfer was a typo in the first printing of the Green Line pamphlet. It has been reprinted to say: "To transfer to a bus, just show the operator your validated MAX ticket as you board."
I talked with the Creative Services department to make sure this error doesn't appear anywhere else.
Communications Manager, TriMet Operations
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
The case: A would-be robber was prevented from holding up a man last month near the Beaverton Transit Center. Police said the hold up was averted by the efforts of officers, victims and a bicyclist who was passing by.
Jentre J. Hoffman, 23, was arrested after he tried to rob a Portland man. TriMet police were on patrol at the center and were drawn to the scene of the would-be robbery by the cries of a teenage girl who was walking with the robbery victim. Hoffman took off as police approached, but a passing cyclist knocked him to the ground, giving police enough time to make an arrest.
Update: On Aug. 10, Hoffman pleaded guilty to third-degree robbery.
What's next: He was sentenced to two years probation, and must complete courses for alcohol abuse, anger management and mental health. He was also ordered to have no contact with his victims.
-- The Oregonian
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
TriMet has now established a clear, discriminatory policy regarding its passengers.
The first-class rail riders continue to receive freebies from the expensive MAX system with its large, sheltered platforms, Transit Tracker signs and a complete police force. The Portland Streetcar receives $3 million annually despite not being owned or operated by TriMet. The WES system costs $33 per boarding ride to help pay for the "free" wireless Internet and specifically denies ridership to anyone without a credit or debit card. And now, Fareless Square will be exclusive to streetcar and MAX riders.
The steerage-class bus rider is subjected to the oldest, dirtiest and most congested bus fleet on the West Coast where the majority of boarding locations lack sidewalks, shelters or any amenities besides a bus stop sign. One out of three buses lack air conditioning. Buses frequently don't show up on schedule or are so full they must pass up willing riders. And now, bus passengers must pay full fare downtown.
Portland is no longer the leader in transit innovation. Instead, it has established that bus riders are no longer worthy of quality transit, while rail service receives infinite attention and funding.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Today was a busy day. We learned that the doctor was unable to get out all of the cancer from Wednesday's surgery. My mother is scheduled for a simple mastectomy on Monday morning.
PORTLAND, Ore. -- MAX train service was disrupted Saturday after a collision in East Portland, according to TriMet.
An accident was reported involving a Blue Line train and a car at E. 197th Ave., TriMet spokesperson Bekki Witt said.
Service in both direction was expected to be disrupted for several hours Saturday afternoon.
Friday, August 21, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
MAX riders on the eastside should expect delays of about 10 minutes due to a broken down train being removed from the tracks.
I changed my plane tickets today. I will be returning on Friday Aug. 28, which means I should be back to work on Monday Aug. 31.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Bus Purchase: $1,465,000
Monday, August 17, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
LET THEM EAT CAKE
Mild civil disobedience at TRIMET board meeting
TRANSIT ADVOCATE JASON BARBOUR SPEAKS ABOUT
FRED ON THE FARE LESS ISSUE
Trimet director Lynn Lehrbach makes passionate defense of fareless square
TRIMET DIRECTOR WILLIAMS MAKES THE BEST ARGUMENT AGAINST FARE LESShttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FC7CuM2kKik
Saturday, August 15, 2009
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Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Angela, Williams, age 49, was making a left turn while using her cell phone when she hit and killed Patrick Merrrill, age 59 who was in a crosswalk at the time of the pedestrian accident.
If Williams is convicted of Vehicular Homicide, she could serve up to five years in prison.
This bus accident was not the first pedestrian accident that Williams was involved in. In 2006, Williams hit a pedestrian with her bus, causing minor injures. After the 2006 accident, Williams was fired but she was re-hired after her union appealed.
The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority changed their protocols after each accident. After the first accident, they required bus drivers to pause before making a left turn. After the second accident, they required drivers to honk before making left turns.
In Washington State, Vehicular Homicide can be charged if a person was killed when a driver was driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol or driving with reckless disregard for the safety of others.
Friday, August 7, 2009
Let me tell you the story of a man named Charlie
On those sad and fateful tracks
He put a dollar in his pocket, kissed his wife and family
Went to ride on the Tri-Met MAX
Charlie handed in his greenback at the
And he changed at
When he got there the inspector told him "two more quarters"
Charlie could not pay that fare!
And did he ever return, no he never returned
And his fate is still unlearned
He's doomed to ride forever on the rails of
He's the man who never returned
Now all night long Charlie rides through the station
Thinking "What will become of me?"
"How can I afford to see my sister in
Or my cousin in
Charlie's wife goes down to the Rose Quarter station
Every day at quarter past two
And through the open window, she hands him a latte
As the train comes a-crawlin' through
Now motorists of
That the people have to pay the tax?
Fight the fare increase, vote for Jack Bogdanski
Help get Charlie off the Tri-Met MAX!
Or else he'll never return, no he'll never return
And his fate will be unlearned
He's doomed to ride forever on the rails of
He's the man who never returned!