Why Does a New MAX Line Take So Long to Plan?

Why Does a New MAX Line Take So Long to Plan?

We started talking about it a decade ago, but the new light rail line is still almost 10 years away. Why? Portland’s first light rail, the Blue Line, began service between Downtown Portland and Gresham in ‘86. Since then we’ve continued to grow, and now the...
A New Spin on an Old Idea is Coming to Tilikum Crossing

A New Spin on an Old Idea is Coming to Tilikum Crossing

You might have to look closely to see them, but The Bridge of the People is getting some new additions this spring. Twelve vertical axis wind turbines, the first of their kind for any US public transit system, will be installed at the ends of Tilikum Crossing....
What Animals are Allowed on TriMet? What Counts as a Service Animal?

What Animals are Allowed on TriMet? What Counts as a Service Animal?

He Came He Saw He Rode. Should He Have? It’s not often our transit system makes the news across the world. And as far as we’re aware, this is the first time a llama has caused our newsworthiness. The irony of it being a “No Drama” llama is not lost on us. A...
How Do You Become a Bus Operator?

How Do You Become a Bus Operator?

There are lots of reasons why people drive for TriMet.  Some are attracted by the pay and others by the great benefits. For many, it’s a stable job with opportunities to grow. More still don’t want to be cooped up in an office all day and would rather...
How Transit Works in Snow and Ice

How Transit Works in Snow and Ice

We’ve enjoyed a mild fall, with less precipitation than normal and plenty of sunshine. That means we can expect a mellow winter, right? We’re certainly not counting on it. Over the years, we’ve learned that winter storms can appear out of nowhere. Of course, we...
How We’re Speeding Up Buses

How We’re Speeding Up Buses

Sometimes a small change in our roads can have a big impact on how fast we all get home. Recently, we’ve been working with PBOT and ODOT to improve intersections where buses (and cars) frequently get stuck in traffic. Here’s what we did at SW 4th Avenue...