TriMet story archives

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New Division Street bus stations raise questions about traffic laws and expectations

Posted on April 7th, 2021 at 12:14 pm.

Still from KGW-TV video of a bicycle rider at one of TriMet’s new stops on Division. He’s supposed to stop prior to the green zone since there’s a person and a bus present.

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TriMet opens new bus stations on SE Division with shared bike lane design

Posted on March 25th, 2021 at 12:33 pm.

Still from TriMet video of new bus station design (with unfortunately inaccurate bicycle characters who look like they’re competing in the Tour de France).

The result of three and-a-half years of design, planning, and hand-wringing at TriMet is finally on the ground and ready for use. The agency announced today that they’ve opened a new type of bus station as part of their Division Transit Project. [Read more…]

TriMet wants your help to select their next general manager

Posted on March 11th, 2021 at 4:19 pm.

TriMet’s three previous GMs: Fred Hansen, Neil McFarlane, and Doug Kelsey.
(Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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Man says bus operator cut him off while riding in Vancouver Ave bike lane

Posted on February 22nd, 2021 at 4:59 pm.

Still from video. Watch video below.

Portland resident Jason P. says he was cut off by a TriMet bus operator on Friday morning and he’s got the video to back up his story (watch it below the jump).

According to a complaint filed with TriMet Sunday, Jason was riding southbound on North Vancouver Avenue between Morris and Stanton streets (adjacent to Dawson Park, just before Legacy Emanuel Hospital) when the operator of a Line 44 bus crossed over the bike lane he was riding in without using his signal.

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Broad advocacy coalition pushes to influence TriMet GM hire

Posted on January 25th, 2021 at 12:30 pm.

Bike, bus, or both, we all need TriMet to have good leadership.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

The Getting There Together (GTG) coalition has turned up the volume on their efforts to influence who TriMet picks to be their next general manager.

The coalition — which has dozens of members including biking and walking-related nonprofits like The Street Trust, Oregon Walks, Oregon Trails Coalition, WashCo Bikes, and the Community Cycling Center — is urging the public to join them and testify at the TriMet Board Meeting on Wednesday. The meeting agenda (PDF) includes Resolution 21-0149 that calls for, “Adopting a General Manager Job Description and Informing the Public of the General Manager Search Committee and Appointment Procedure.”[Read more…]

TriMet cancels board meeting to allow more input on GM pick

Posted on January 5th, 2021 at 10:17 am.

New leadership is a golden opportunity for TriMet — and for the entire Portland region.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Ask BikePortland: Why can’t I take my Biketown bike on TriMet bus/MAX?

Posted on August 18th, 2020 at 12:50 pm.

Bike to transit = good. Bike on transit = bad.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

Today’s questions comes from reader Chris C.

Chris was surprised when a TriMet operator told him he couldn’t put his Biketown bike on the bus rack. Here’s his question:

“I learned from first-hand experience today that a TriMet bus will not allow a Biketown rental bike to be transported, because it is a Biketown bike. (I don’t believe there’s a similar restriction on the MAX trains, but I may be wrong.) Do you happen to know the public policy reason for that rule?”

I first reached out to TriMet and they pointed me to Biketown’s terms of service which state bikes, “cannot be taken on a car, ferry, bus, streetcar, MAX or train…” [Read more…]

‘Better Red’ light rail project includes new bike paths near airport, Gateway

Posted on July 10th, 2020 at 12:33 pm.

Screen grab from TriMet video (watch it below) shows new I-205 path section on new bridge to Gateway Green bike park.

A $206 million project that will improve service on TriMet’s Red light rail line will also come with significant benefits to bicycle riders.

The “Better Red” project will extend the Red Line further west in Washington County; but what we’re watching closely is how the improvements will impact the I-205 path in east Portland.

According to TriMet, the project will add a second track on two sections of existing single track between Gateway Transit Center and the Portland Airport. Adjacent to these new tracks and stations, TriMet plans to build multi-use paths. The project will also re-align the existing path.[Read more…]

Steel Bridge to close for month-long TriMet project, but path will remain open

Posted on July 8th, 2020 at 12:34 pm.

Steel Bridge upper deck during 2012 Pedalpalooza Kickoff Ride.

There’s good news and bad news about TriMet’s upcoming project that will close the upper deck of the Steel Bridge for four weeks in August.[Read more…]

Division Transit Project set to break ground this week

Posted on January 22nd, 2020 at 12:42 pm.

The same week that calls for better, faster, more frequent bus service made the front page of the Willamette Week, TriMet says they plan to make a major announcement about their Division Transit Project. [Read more…]