In 2013, I ran 26 races before my very first marathon, the 2013 Portland Marathon. This year, 2014, has been a Marathon of Marathons where I completed nothing but half marathons, full marathons, and one ultra marathon.
I want to change [the tragedies in my life] into a motivational story to inspire people to keep moving forward, keep turning the pages of their stories, and keep chasing their dreams.
My life is filled with unfortunate events that have made it so painful in so many ways. I want to take all the tragedies in my life and change them into something inspirational. I want to change it into a motivational story to inspire people to keep moving forward, keep turning the pages of their stories, and keep chasing their dreams.
The MAX Blue Line is 32.7 miles long, stretching across four different towns (Hillsboro, Beaverton, Portland, and Gresham). I will be taking the sidewalk and side roads to meet up with my Support Team at each of the 47 stops along the way. Please spread the word of my journey and tell others about this marvel of a milestone! You can follow my progress on Monday on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
What: Steven Wong’s TriMet Ultramarathon When: Monday, December 1st, 2014 — start time is 7 a.m. Where: All 47 stops along the entire MAX Blue Line
As we give thanks this week, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on a few things that we at TriMet are thankful for this year.
First and foremost, we’re grateful for the growing economic recovery in the region. Although there are still families who are struggling, the steady improvement in the jobs picture is a tremendous boost to the community.
Sustainable financial path: Our new labor agreement puts us on a sustainable financial footing for the future. During the four-year contract, we avoid $50 million in costs, allowing us to maintain our current level of service and even expand a bit. This is critical as our region continues to grow.
MAX Orange Line: We’re set to open the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project – the future MAX Orange Line – on time and on budget. In about nine months, we’ll have a 60-mile MAX system, expanding high-capacity transit service into Clackamas and Multnomah counties. We’ll have more service and more connections in a fast-growing corridor.
Growing ridership: Riders continue to respond to the investments in better service. Last month our bus ridership peaked at its highest level in five years.
New buses: Our newer bus fleet is providing cleaner, more reliable and cost-effective service. We’ve gone from having one of the oldest fleets to meeting the industry standards within just a few years.
A safe system: Following last year’s 25 percent drop in reported crimes, we’re seeing that incidents remain low, with statistics essentially flat for the first half of 2014.
Ticket vending machines: Performance of our fare machines has greatly improved and with it so has the customer experience. A new electronic fare system is on its way too.
All of this means that we are focused on delivering quality service to our riders and the growing region, and looking to the future.
Are you using the TriMet Tickets app? Plan to purchase a new phone this holiday season? Make sure to recall your tickets from your old phone to your online account first, so you don’t accidentally lose any tickets.
Your tickets are stored on your phone (which makes it possible to use them without an Internet connection), so you’ll need to transfer your tickets from your phone onto your online account before shutting off the network connection to your old phone. Here’s how to recall your tickets:
Go to the “My Account” tab, then to “My Tickets” and click the “Recall Tickets” button.
On your old device, go to the “My Tickets” tab and refresh. You should see your tickets moved.
When you get your new phone, open up your TriMet Tickets app and sign in.
Go to the “My Tickets” tab and refresh to download your tickets.
Note: We recently added the ability to recall or move active multi-day tickets—such as 7-Day, 14-Day and 30-Day tickets—from your phone to your account and back again. (In the past, only unused tickets could be moved.) Active tickets can be transferred to your account and back to the phone one time.
If you experience any problems during your upgrade, please contact the TriMet Tickets Help Desk at email@example.com. We’re here to help!
My name is Aidan and I am in 5th grade. On October 30th, 2014, I had the day off from school.
I set the alarm for 5 A.M. so that I could achieve my goal. My goal on “MAX Day” was to ride the 4 TriMet MAX lines past or even to all 87 MAX stations. I also planned to ride both WES and both Portland Streetcar lines. I video taped it and made a summary video that I posted on YouTube. Check it out!
I came up with the idea of MAX Day when I enjoyed my ride from my house to the zoo when I was young (age 6). Soon I decided that I could ride the MAX to every stop on the system, and then one day I did! When I was 8, I did my first MAX day ever, but I did not ride WES or the Streetcar line at the time. Since then I have completed three more MAX days, one when I was 9 and twice in 2014 (at ages 10 and 11) which included riding WES and Portland Streetcar!
On the morning of MAX Day, my Dad and I took off on our 14-hour adventure!
I started at a Line 99 bus stop and made my way to Milwaukie, where I caught a Line 31 bus and took it to Clackamas Town Center, where there I took MAX trains! I rode the trains in the sequence of Green, Blue, Red, Yellow, NS Line Streetcar, CL Line Streetcar, NS Line Streetcar, Blue, Line 76, SMART, WES, Blue, and 99.
The people at TriMet were really nice and gave me a tour at Ruby Junction Rail Yard, so I could learn more about MAX trains.
Aidan during his tour at the Ruby Junction Rail Yard
Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx stands with TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane and Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici on the Tilikum Crossing, Portland’s newest bridge, scheduled to open September 2015.
Tilikum is a Chinook word meaning people, tribe, or family. The name honors the people who lived in the area as long as 14,000 years ago. While the name reflects on our past, this Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project is an investment in our future.
Transit is vital to our future prosperity.
From getting employees to work, to cost effectively easing congestion, to giving seniors, youth and people with disabilities full access to our society, TriMet plays a key role in shaping our region.
More than two decades in the making, the Portland-Milwaukie project demonstrates what federal investments can do when we have the opportunity to plan for our future. The Federal Transit Administration’s $745 million grant was matched locally by a mix of public and private contributions.
More than 500 firms have worked on this project, 80 percent from Oregon. Nearly 25 percent of these firms are Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) firms—companies owned by women and people of color. DBE firms have earned more than $168 million in contracts through this project. Men and women working in the construction trades have logged more than two million hours and earned more than $101 million in wages and fringe benefits.
We are proud and honored to have Secretary Foxx’s support. Mark your calendars—the MAX Orange Line will open on time, and on budget, September 12, 2015.
With all the buzz about dogs on transit in the news today, here’s a quick refresher on our pet policy.
Pets are allowed on board buses and trains, but only in an enclosed carrier. Service animals are allowed on a leash.
First off, pets are allowed on board buses and trains, but only in an enclosed carrier.
Service animals (those trained to help people with mental or physical disabilities) are allowed on a leash, but Fido must remain under the owner’s control and behave appropriately.
How do we know for sure that it’s really a service animal? We don’t. The operator can ask, “Is that a service animal?” and “What service is your animal trained to perform?” But that’s about it. By law, if a rider claims their animal is a service animal, we have to take their word for it.
The operator will intervene, however, if the animal is behaving aggressively or makes a mess on board.
It’s no secret that some people abuse this policy, but unfortunately there’s not much we can do about it.
All that said, many riders legitimately need and use service animals to help them get around—and it may not always be obvious that an animal is a service animal.