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Brian Lum

Brian Lum

I'm here to help tell our story, and to share the interesting things I find along the way. When I'm not here, you'll find me out riding my bike and taking pictures.

How We Wash MAX Trains At Night [VIDEO]

Every night, all 85 MAX trains are cleaned, washed and prepared to go into service by 4 a.m. As supervisor Rick Taylor says, it takes a fine-tuned system and lots of training to get all this work done in such a short window of time. We’re thankful for the...

A Rare Look Inside the Operations Command Center

Dispatcher Trisha Nako Harris says it best: The crew in the Operations Command Center takes multitasking to the 10th degree. Drivers call dispatch whenever they need help. Dispatchers, in turn, use sophisticated tools (so many screens!) and excellent judgment to...

2016 Year in Review

It was a big and busy year for us. That’s the simple explanation. Though we didn’t have a marquee event like last year’s Orange Line opening, we added a lot of service and made some significant improvements. We also dealt with weather (hot and cold), protests and...

Minimizing Heat Delays on MAX

Last year, we shared a bit about why our trains slow down when it heats up — basically, temperatures above 90 degrees bring the possibility of rails expanding and kinking, or overhead wires sagging. Before we go any further, we should answer a common question: Why...

You asked: Is petitioning allowed on TriMet?

With elections coming up and ballot deadlines approaching, you may have been stopped by folks collecting signatures during your commute. We’ve been asked more often lately: Are people allowed to gather signatures on board or at the station? The answer,...

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