Why I Ride: Naim

Naim sent us his story with a little help from his mom Lisa. We left his words as originally submitted. Want to be featured in our rider profile series? We’d love to hear from you. Submit your story for consideration through our handy questionnaire at trimet.org/stories.

Why I Ride - Naim

Where do you live?


Why do you ride TriMet?

I am 8 years old. Because my parents are disabled, I am a full-time transit user. It is pretty interesting. I would be bored riding a car all the time. I get to meet interesting people. Because my dad has a guide dog, people come up and talk to us a lot.

“Riding TriMet has been a part of the kids’ lives since they were infants, and they often talk about how they don’t really see themselves driving (or driving much) when they get older, so I think you have life-long transit people in them.” – Naim’s mom, Lisa

Naim at the Portland Children's Museum
Naim takes his turn behind the wheel of a bus at the Portland Children’s Museum

Which modes do you use?

I use MAX, sometimes the streetcar, the bus and yesterday I rode the tram.

What are your favorite things to do while riding TriMet?

Thinking about stuff like what am I going to do tomorrow, when am I going to get married, what am I having for dinner, when will my parents let me have an iphone on the max and what will I do when I grow up and tons of other stuff.

Niam with his mom, dad, twin brother and the dog
Naim with his mom, dad, twin brother and the dog

My insight:

It is better to ride TriMet than to ride a car because they pollute and use energy and you don’t need a drivers license.

As a kid, I get lots of exersise when I ride trimet and get to be outside more. Sometimes the kids in soccer can’t run as fast or as much as me when it is hot because they are not used to it.

Sometimes, also, I know a lot more about my way around then other kids do so you learn a lot. Also, you can read books and draw pictures.

What do you think is the best thing about living in the Portland area?

Being close to lots of stuff like OMSI, Village Home, Oregon Zoo, The Tree Museum, the Airport, Starbucks, the Timbers, Northwest Children’s theater and the Children’s Museum, and the Oregon Commission for the Blind where my dad works.

Is there anything else you’d like to share about yourself?

Niam and his family depend solely on transit to get them where they need to go
Naim with his dad Niklas and brothers Avery and Aaron

My family has my twin brother, Aaron, my mom who is deafblind, my dad who is blind and my baby brother and my dog who is a very hansome dog and is a guide dog. And also a cat and hamster. I like to play with Legos, eat pizza, play soccer, go jogging with my dad, and do drama.




Read more about Naim in Portland Family

Jennette Zarko

Jennette Zarko

I'm TriMet's Web and Social Media Communications Coordinator. I help develop and maintain TriMet's web and social media content. My family uses a combination of carpooling, Portland Streetcar, biking and riding Line 38 to get to work and school. It’s just how I like it - a little different every day! You can also occasionally catch me performing around Portland with various improv groups.

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